The Full Moon is Sunday, August 22. Venus is readily visible in the evening twilight. Mercury is close to Mars on the 19th and continues to rise in the twilight. Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the evening sky. Jupiter is at opposition on the 19th, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth. The Moon is between Saturn and Jupiter on the 21st and close to Jupiter on the 22nd. Venus is seen in the west and Jupiter in the east when the sky is fully dark.
The Full Moon is Sunday, August 22.
Evening twilight sky on Thursday, August 19 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:43 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus is high above the horizon with Mars and Mercury low on the horizon below.
The insets show the telescopic view of Venus and the binocular view of Mars and Mercury at this time.
Evening sky on Thursday, August 19 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 20:00 pm ACST. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the evening sky. Jupiter is at Opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth.
Whole sky at 19:14 ACST (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, August 21 as seen from Adelaide.
Evening sky on Sunday, August 22showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 19:14 pm ACST (90 minutes after sunset). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the evening sky with the moon close to Jupiter.
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen
Venus is visible in the early evening when the sky is fully dark. I have been able to see Venus from just after sunset and it is easily seen up to 90 minutes after sunset, longer if you have a clear western horizon. When the sky is fully dark you can see Venus above the western horizon and bright Jupiter above the eastern horizon.
Mars is visible in the low above the north-western horizon in the evening twilight. Mars is close to Mercury on the 19th. After this mars is increasingly difficult to see.
Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon around 6 pm. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the sky. Jupiter is at Opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, and is excellent in even small telescopes. On Saturday the 21st the Moon is between Saturn and Jupiter, on the 22nd the Full Moon is close to 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/
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