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Thursday May 13 to Thursday May 20

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The First Quarter Moon is Thursday, May 20. Saturn and Jupiter are readily visible in the morning sky.  Venus and Mercury are becoming more visible in the twilight. On the 13th the thin crescent Moon forms a line with Venus and Mercury low in the evening twilight. On the evening of the 16th the crescent Moon and Mars are close.

The First Quarter Moon is Thursday, May 20.

Morning sky on SaturdayMay 8 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:31am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the morning sky with the crescent Moon below Jupiter.

 
The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. The Jovian Moon Ganymede is exiting Jupiter’s disk and Io is hidden behind Jupiter.
  
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise), click to embiggen.
 

Whole sky at 18:49 ACST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, May 15 as seen from 

Adelaide
 
 
 

  

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

Evening twilight sky on Thursday May 13 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 17:49 ACST (30 minutes after sunset). Venus is just above the horizon, not far from the crescent Moon with Mercury above. You will need a clear level horizon and probably binoculars to see Venus.

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

 

Evening sky at 18:49 ACST (90 minutes after sunset), on Sunday May 16 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide.

Mars is two finger-widths from the crescent Moon.

 

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time 
  

Mercury is now visible in the evening twilight. On the 13th the thin crescent Moon forms a line with Venus and Mercury low in the twilight, best seen half an hour after sunset with a level, unobstructed horizon, you may need binoculars to see Venus.

Venus is visible low in the twilight from around the 10th on.  I have been able to see Venus from 15 minutes after sunset with averted vision  

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is in Gemini. On the 16th Mars is two finger-widths from the crescent Moon. 

   
Jupiter is climbing higher in the morning sky forming a line with Saturn.
 Saturn is climbing higher in the morning sky and is now rising just before midnight. It is still best in the morning sky and is easily seen above Jupiter
 
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/2021/05/thursday-may-13-to-thursday-may-20.html


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