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Thursday August 5 to Thursday August 12

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The New Moon is Sunday, August 8.  Venus is readily visible in the evening twilight and is leaving Mars  behind. Mars is close to the thin crescent Moon on the 10th and Venus is close to the crescent Moon on the 11th. Saturn and Jupiter are visible late in the evening sky. 

The New Moon is Sunday, August 8.

Evening sky on Saturday, August 7 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 21:00 pm ACST. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the late evening sky. Although Saturn is past Opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, it is still a magnificent sight.

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

Whole sky at 19:05 ACST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, August 7 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 Wednesday, August 11 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:38 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus is above the horizon close to the crescent Moon. with Mars and Regulus below.





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

Mercury is lost in the twilight but will become more visible next week.

Venus is visible in the early evening when the sky is fully dark.  I have been able to see Venus from 10 minutes after sunset and it is easily seen up to 90 minutes after sunset, longer if you have a clear western horizon.  Venus is close to the crescent Moon on the 11th and is heading towards the bright star Spica over the coming weeks.

 
Mars is visible in the low above the north-western horizon in the evening twilight. Mars is below Venus and just just above the bright star Regulus. Mars is close to the thin crescent Moon on the 10th.
   
Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon around 9 pm. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the sky.
 Saturn is now rising around 7:00pm.Saturn was at opposition, when it is biggest and brightest as seen from Earth, on August 2nd. But it is still is an excellent time for telescopic observation.
 
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/2021/08/thursday-august-5-to-thursday-august-12.html


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