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The Sky This Week – Thursday February 16 to Thursday February 23

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 8:03
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The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday February 19.  Venus is
prominent in the twilight sky in the star poor regions of Pisces.
Mars is just above Venus. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are
close in the late evening skies. Saturn is high in the morning sky
and is close to the crescent Moon on the 21st..

The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday February 19. The Moon is at apogee
(when it is furthest from the Earth) at this time.

Evening sky on Saturday February 18 looking west as seen from
Adelaide at 21:09 ACDST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus and (now
dim) Mars form a line. The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus
at this time.

 Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the
equivalent local time (that is 60 minutes after local sunset, click
to embiggen).

"http://www.abc.net.au/science/space/planets/venus.htm" target=
"_blank">Venus
  is high in the dusk sky and intensely
bright. After being a feature of the evening sky for so long, it is
now rapidly heading towards the horizon.

It can be seen easily from somewhat before half an hour after
sunset to an hour after sunset. It is dazzlingly brilliant above
the horizon in the late twilight. Venus has been mistaken for
flares or landing aeroplanes it is so bright now.

Venus is in a very star poor field in Pisces and is a distinct
crescent shape in telescopes.

"http://www.abc.net.au/science/space/planets/mars.htm" target=
"_blank">Mars
is in the western evening skies in 
Pisces. Mars remains in a star poor area.

Mars was at opposition on May 22,  2016 and is still visibly
dimming. While still brighter than any of the nearby stars, it is
much faded and not immediately obvious, It is no longer a modest
telescope object. Mars is visible most of the evening setting
before midnight. In small telescopes Mars will be a visible, but
tiny, gibbous disk, however you are unlikely to  see its
markings.

Sky on Saturday February 18 looking east as seen from Adelaide at
23:30 ACDST.  Jupiter is now rising before midnight. It is
close to the bright star Spica. The inset shows the telescopic view
of Jupiter at 2:32 am as Erupa appears from behind Jupiter. Similar
views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local
time. (click to embiggen).

"http://www.abc.net.au/science/space/planets/jupiter.htm" target=
"_blank">Jupiter
is rising just before midnight, but
remains low to the horizon this week and is still better in the
early morning. It is close to the bright star Spica, the brightest
star in the constellation of Virgo. Jupiter is a good telescopic
target from around 1 am, and the dance of its Moons is visible even
in binoculars. The following Jupiter events are in AEDST.

Thu 16 Feb 1:56 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian 
Thu 16 Feb 3:28 Eur: Shadow Transit Begins S
Thu 16 Feb 5:35 Eur: Transit Begins ST
Thu 16 Feb 5:58 Eur: Shadow Transit Ends T
Fri 17 Feb 1:45 Gan: Shadow Transit Begins S
Fri 17 Feb 4:18 Gan: Shadow Transit Ends
Fri 17 Feb 6:05 Gan: Transit Begins T
Sat 18 Feb 3:02 Eur: Reappears from Occultation
Sat 18 Feb 3:34 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Sat 18 Feb 23:25 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Sun 19 Feb 5:50 Io : Disappears into Eclipse
Mon 20 Feb 3:11 Io : Shadow Transit Begins S
Mon 20 Feb 4:10 Io : Transit Begins ST
Mon 20 Feb 5:12 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Mon 20 Feb 5:23 Io : Shadow Transit Ends T
Mon 20 Feb 6:20 Io : Transit Ends
Tue 21 Feb 0:19 Io : Disappears into Eclipse
Tue 21 Feb 1:03 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Tue 21 Feb 3:27 Io : Reappears from Occultation
Tue 21 Feb 22:37 Io : Transit Begins ST
Tue 21 Feb 23:52 Io : Shadow Transit Ends T
Wed 22 Feb 0:47 Io : Transit Ends
Wed 22 Feb 6:50 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Thu 23 Feb 2:41 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Thu 23 Feb 6:03 Eur: Shadow Transit Begins S
Thu 23 Feb 22:32 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian

Morning  sky on Tuesday February 21 looking east as seen from
Adelaide at 5:17 ACDST (90 minutes before sunrise). Saturn is
reasonably high above the horizon and close to the Moon. The inset
shows the telescopic view of Saturn at this time. Similar views
will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time
(90 minutes before sunrise). (click to embiggen).

  "http://www.abc.net.au/science/space/planets/saturn.htm" target=
"_blank">Saturn
rises higher in darker morning skies this
week. Saturn is now high enough above eastern horizon to see
easily. It continues to climb into darker skies as the week
progresses.

The constellation of Scorpio is a good guide to locating Saturn.
The distinctive curl of Scorpio is easy to see above the eastern
horizon, locate the bright red star, Antares, and the look below
that towards the horizon, the next bright object is Saturn. The
crescent Moon is close to Saturn on Tuesday February 21.

"http://www.abc.net.au/science/space/planets/mercury.htm" target=
"_blank">Mercury
is  lost in the twilight.

There are lots of interesting things in the sky to view with a
telescope. If you don’t have a telescope, now is a good time to
visit one of your local  "http://www.quasarastronomy.com.au/societies.html" target=
"_blank">astronomical societies
 open nights or
the  "http://www.quasarastronomy.com.au/places.htm" target=
"_blank">local planetariums
.

Printable PDF maps of the  "http://www.users.on.net/%7Ereynella/skywatch/febsky_e.pdf" target=
"_blank">Eastern sky at 10 pm
 AEST,  target="_blank" href="/r2/?url=http://www.users.on.net/%7Ereynella/skywatch/febsky_w.pdf"
target="_blank">Western sky at 10 pm
AEST. For further details
and more information on what’s up in the sky, see target="_blank" href="/r2/?url=http://www.users.on.net/%7Ereynella/skywatch/ssky.htm"
target="_blank">Southern Skywatch
.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at "http://www.skippysky.com.au/Australia/" target=
"_blank">SkippySky
.
Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and
night) "_blank">http://satview.bom.gov.au/



Source: http://astroblogger.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-sky-this-week-thursday-february-16.html

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