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The Last Quarter Moon is Wednesday January 6. The bright planet Venus is low in the twilight morning skies.  Jupiter and Saturn, just past the great conjunction, are low in the  twilight skies. Dimming but still bright Mars now dominates the evening skies.

The Last Quarter Moon is Wednesday January 6. 

Evening sky at 21:32 AEDST (30 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, January 2 facing west as seen from Melbourne. The pair of Jupiter and Saturn are low above the western horizon in the twilight.  The pair are now past their spectacular close approach but still close together.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.

Whole sky at 21:32 AEDST  (60 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, January 2 as seen from 
Melbourne.


Three bright planets are visible stretching west to east. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. 

 Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (60 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.

Evening sky at 22:48 AEDST  (90 minutes after sunset) on Saturday, January 2 facing north as seen from Melbourne. Mars is above the north-western horizon.Mars is past opposition, but is still excellent. 

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.

Morning sky on Saturday, January 2 showing the eastern sky as seen from Melbourne  at 6:06 am AEDST (30 minutes before sunrise). Venus is getting lower to the horizon. You may need a level, unobstructed horizon to see this.  

  Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
Mercury is lost in the twilight.

Venus is still visible low above the horizon in the morningYou may need a level, unobstructed horizon to see Venus.  

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. 

   
Jupiter can be seen in low in early evening sky in the west. Jupiter and Saturn start out just over a finger-width apart at the beginning of the week and slowly draw away from each other over the week. However, they are also lowering in the twilight and become progressively harder to see.
 Saturn too is visible low in the early evening skies in the west. 
 
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.

 

Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to the current time.

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/2020/12/thursday-december-31-to-thursday.html


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