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The First Quarter Moon is Friday, June 18. Earth is at solstice on the 21st. Saturn and Jupiter are visible late in the evening sky. Venus is visible in the evening twilight and is coming closer to Mars. Mercury enters the morning sky.

The First Quarter Moon is Friday, June 18. The Moon is at perigee, when it is closest t the Earth, on the 23rd. Earth is at solstice on the 21st, when the day is shortest.

Evening sky on Saturday June 19 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 23:00 pm ACST (just before midnight). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the late evening sky.

The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (just before midnight), click to embiggen.

Whole sky at 18:42 ACST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, June 19 as seen from 

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

Evening twilight sky on Saturday June 19 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:11 ACST (90 minutes after sunset). Venus is low above the horizon. Venus is coming closer to Mars.

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

Morning sky at 6:38 ACST (45 minutes before sunrise), on Thursday June 24 facing east as seen from Adelaide. 

Mercury is visible below the bright star Aldebaran.
 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time  (45 minutes before sunrise)

Mercury returns to the morning twilight this week, rising below the bright satr Aldebaran, but it will be diffcult o see until the end of the week.

Venus is becoming more visible low in the twilight.  I have been able to see Venus from 15 minutes after sunset and it is easily seen 60 minutes after sunset.  Venus i coming closer to Mars in the mid twilight.

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is coming closer to Venus.
Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon well before midnight.
 Saturn is now rising well around 8pm.  It is still best in the morning sky and is easily seen near Jupiter above the north-western 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) 


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