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Thursday May 20 to Thursday May 27

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The Full Moon is Wednesday, May 26. This is a perigee full Moon and there is a Total Lunar Eclipse in the early evening. Saturn and Jupiter are readily visible in the morning sky. Venus and Mercury are  visible in the evening twilight. On the evening of the 24th the star Wasat and Mars are close.

The Full Moon is Wednesday, May 26. This is a perigee (“super”) full Moon  and there is a Total Lunar Eclipse in the early evening.

Morning sky on SaturdayMay 22 showing the northern sky as seen from Adelaide at 5:42 am ACST (90 minutes before sunrise). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the morning sky.

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

Whole sky at 18:45 ACST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, May 22 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 Saturday May 22 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 17:43 ACST (30 minutes after sunset). Venus is just above the horizon with Mercury above. You will need a clear level horizon 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 18:44 ACST (90 minutes after sunset), on Monday May 24 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide.

Mars is a finger-width from the star Wasat (𛿠Geminorum).

 

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

Eastern horizon as seen from Adelaide on Wednesday 26 May at 20:30 ACST. The Moon is at Perigee, when it is closest to Earth and the eclipse is about 10 minutes from totality. The inset shows the telescopic/binocular view at this time. Click to embiggen.

Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time.    
More charts and timings for the eclipse from selected cities in Australia and New Zealand, along with observing hints, are here

Mercury is now visible in the evening twilight. Best seen from half an hour to 45 minutes after sunset with a level, unobstructed horizon.

Venus is visible low in the twilight.  I have been able to see Venus from 15 minutes after sunset with averted vision, it should be much easier to see this week.  

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is in Gemini. On the 24th Mars Mars is a finger-width from the star Wasat (𛿠Geminorum). 

   
Jupiter is high in the morning sky forming a line with Saturn above the northern horizon.
 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 above the northern horizon
 
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-20-to-thursday-may-27.html


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