The Full Moon is Thursday, October 21. Three bright planets are seen in the early evening sky. Venus is readily visible in the early evening sky and is climbing the Scorpion. Venus is close to bright star Antares on the 17th. Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the evening sky with Jupiter dominating once Venus has set. The waxing Moon is close to Jupiter on the 15th. The waxing Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn on the 16th, which is International Observe the Moon Night. The International Space station passes between Venus and the lineup from many states at this time.
The Full Moon is Thursday, October 21.
Evening sky on Sunday, October 17 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 20:52 ACDST (90 minutes after sunset). Venus is close to the bright star Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius.
The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus at this time. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Evening sky on Friday, October 15 showing the north-western sky as seen from Adelaide at 20:58 pm ACDST (90 minutes after sunset). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the evening sky with the waxing Moon close to Jupiter.
The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. Ganymede is behind Jupiter and will emerge around 22:16 ACDST. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset), click to embiggen.
Whole sky showing the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, The International Space Station and Venus on international Observe the Moon night, Saturday October 16th, 20:53 ACDST, 82 minutes after sunset (click to embiggen).
Elsewhere in Australia will see a similar planetary line up that the equivalent time (82 minutes after sunset). You will need a specific prediction for your site for the ISS (eg from Heavens above)
Mercury is lost in the twilight.
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 over 3 hours 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 north-eastern horizon. Venus is climbing the body of the Scorpion making a rather beautiful sight in the early evening. Venus is close to bright star Antares, the brightest star in Scorpius, on the 17th.
Jupiter is rising before sunset and is readily visible when the sky is fully dark. Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the sky. Jupiter was at Opposition, when it was biggest and brightest as seen from Earth on August the 19th, and is still excellent in even small telescopes. The waxing Moon is close to Jupiter on the 15th. The waxing Moon forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn on the 16th, which is International Observe the Moon Night.
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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