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The Sky This Week – Thursday March 2 to Thursday March 9

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:09
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The First Quarter Moon is Sunday March 5.  Venus is very low in the twilight sky. Mars is just above Venus. The Moon forms a line with Mars and Venus on March 2. Jupiter and the bright star Spica are close in the late evening skies. Saturn is high in the morning sky.

The First Quarter Moon is Sunday March 5. The Moon is at perigee, when it is closest to the Earth, on March 3.

Evening sky on Thursday March 2 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 20:17 ACDST (30 minutes after sunset). Venus, Mars and the crescent Moon 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 30 minutes after local sunset, click to embiggen).

Venus  is low in the dusk sky although intensely bright. After being a feature of the evening sky for so long, it is now rapidly heading towards the horizon and will soon be lost in the twilight.

It can be seen in a narrow window from a little before half an hour after sunset to just after half an hour after sunset. It is dazzlingly brilliant above the horizon in the early twilight and is a distinct crescent shape. This week is the last time we will see Venus clearly before it is lost in the twilight.

On March 2the Moon is above Mars forming a line with Venus and Mars.

Mars is in the western evening skies in  Pisces.

Late evening sky on Saturday February 25 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 23:00 ACDST.  Jupiter is now rising before midnight. It is close to the bright star Spica. The inset shows the telescopic view of Jupiter at 23:29 pm on the 5th as Europa is about transit Jupiter. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen).

Jupiter is rising well before midnight, but remains low to the horizon in the late evening 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 midnight on, and the dance of its Moons is visible even in binoculars. The following Jupiter events are in AEDST.

Thu 2 Mar 3:26 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Thu 2 Mar 23:17 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Sat 4 Mar 3:46 Eur: Disappears into Eclipse
Sat 4 Mar 5:04 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Sun 5 Mar 0:55 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Sun 5 Mar 21:55 Eur: Shadow Transit Begins S
Sun 5 Mar 23:29 Eur: Transit Begins ST
Mon 6 Mar 0:24 Eur: Shadow Transit Ends T
Mon 6 Mar 1:49 Eur: Transit Ends
Mon 6 Mar 6:42 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Mon 6 Mar 6:58 Io : Shadow Transit Begins S
Mon 6 Mar 23:47 Gan: Disappears into Eclipse
Tue 7 Mar 2:17 Gan: Reappears from Eclipse
Tue 7 Mar 2:33 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Tue 7 Mar 2:59 Gan: Disappears into Occultation
Tue 7 Mar 4:06 Io : Disappears into Eclipse
Tue 7 Mar 4:53 Gan: Reappears from Occultation
Tue 7 Mar 7:00 Io : Reappears from Occultation
Tue 7 Mar 22:24 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Wed 8 Mar 1:26 Io : Shadow Transit Begins S
Wed 8 Mar 2:09 Io : Transit Begins ST
Wed 8 Mar 3:38 Io : Shadow Transit Ends T
Wed 8 Mar 4:19 Io : Transit Ends
Wed 8 Mar 22:34 Io : Disappears into Eclipse
Thu 9 Mar 1:26 Io : Reappears from Occultation
Thu 9 Mar 4:11 GRS: Crosses Central Meridian
Thu 9 Mar 22:07 Io : Shadow Transit Ends T

Morning  sky on Saturday February 25 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:36 ACDST (90 minutes before sunrise). Saturn is high above the horizon.

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).

 Saturn rises higher in darker morning skies this week. Saturn is now high enough above eastern horizon to see easily and is now a good telescopic target. It continues to climb into darker skies as the week progresses. It is within binocular distance of the Triffid and Lagoon nebula, which makes for nice viewing.

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.
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 astronomical societies open nights or the local planetariums.

Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what’s up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.
Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/



Source: http://astroblogger.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-sky-this-week-thursday-march-2-to.html

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