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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

 

The Sky This Week - Thursday March 1 to Thursday March 8

The Full Moon is Friday, March 2.  Venus and Mercury are close together low in the twilight on March 4. Mars, bright Jupiter and Saturn form a line together with the bright stars Antares and Spica in the morning skies. Jupiter is now rising in the late evening skies and the Moon is close to Jupiter on the 7th (and morning 8th). Saturn is in binocular range of some interesting nebula and the globular cluster M22.

The Full Moon is Friday, March 2.

Evening twilight sky on Sunday March 4 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 20:15 ACDST (30 minutes after sunset). Venus and Mercury are close together low in the twilight.

Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).

Venus and Mercury are very low in the twilight. You will need a flat unobscured horizon, like the ocean or the desert, and probably binoculars, to be able to see them both low on the horizon murk.

Evening sky on Wednesday March 7 looking East  as seen from Adelaide at 23:30 ACDST Jupiter is just rising above the horizon, with the waning Moon nearby

The inset is a simulated telescopic view of Jupiter of March 5 at 23:30, with Io just moving off the face of Jupiter.

Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).

 
Morning sky on Saturday March 3 looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at 5:37 ACDST (90 minutes before sunrise). Mars is moving towards Saturn and Saturn is coming closer to the bright globular cluster M22.

The large inset is a simulated binocular view of Saturn.  Saturn is close the globular cluster M22.

Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90 minutes before sunrise).

Venus  is low in the evening twilight. and is still very difficult to see, being just two finger-widths above the horizon 30 minutes after sunset.

Mercury is very low in the evening twilight just below Venus. You will need a flat unobscured horizon, like the ocean or the desert, and probably binoculars, to be able to see them both low on the horizon.

Jupiter  is rising before midnight, but it is still best to view in the morning sky, where it is high above the northern horizon. The waning Moon vists Jupiter on the evening ot the 7th (morning 8th)

 Mars is moving down the body of Scorpius the scorpion. Mars moves away from Antares (the rival of Mars) over the week but is still reasonably close to see the contrasts of the two different red objects. Mars is moving towards the Triffid and Lagoon nebulae and Saturn, and is passing many small faint deep sky objects over the week. Scanning with binoculars around Mars and Saturn will be very rewarding.

Saturn climbs higher in the morning sky. It is within binocular range of several attractive clusters and nebula. It is just within range of the Lagoon and Triffid nebulae and is coming closer to the  bright globular cluster M22.

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.
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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