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The Full Moon is Tuesday September 9. Mercury climbs higher in the evening sky. Mars and Saturn are prominent in the evening sky. Jupiter becomes more prominent in the morning sky. Comets C/2013 A1 Siding Spring and C/2013 V5 are in the reach of small telescopes.The Full Moon is Tuesday September 9. Show More Summary
The First Quarter Moon is Tuesday September 2. Mercury climbs higher in the evening sky. Mars and Saturn are prominent in the evening sky, forming a nice triangle with Alpha Librae. The trio are visited by the Moon on the 31st and September 1. Show More Summary
Evening sky on Monday August 25 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 22:00 (10:00 pm) ACST in South Australia. Mars and Saturn are at their closest under the head of Scorpius. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local...Show More Summary
The New Moon is Tuesday August 26. Mercury climbs higher in the evening sky. The Moon is close to Mercury on the 27th. Mars and Saturn are prominent in the evening sky are at their closest this week. Venus is low in the morning twilight while Jupiter rises higher. Show More Summary
Mars, Zubenelgenubi and Saturn almost from a line below the head of the Scorpion on Sunday 17 August (three brightest objects mid left, click to embiggen)t. 10 x 15 second exposures at ASA 400 with a "point and shoot" Canon IXUS, stacked in ImageJ, SUMMED an light contrast editing applied. Show More Summary
Morning sky on Monday August 18 looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at civil twilight, 6:30 am ACST. Venus is low above the horizon, Jupiter is so close it may be hard to see it separately. The inset shows the binocular view (click...Show More Summary
Christine Beswick from Tasmania took this "near miss" image. Hand held standing on the porch 1/40 ISO 320. Chris Wyatt took this image using an eyepiece projection of Moon at 29.8 magnification at ASA 400, 1/200 sec exposure on his 10"...Show More Summary
The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday August 17. Mercury returns to the evening sky late in the week. Mars and Saturn are prominent in the evening sky and come closer together during the week. Venus is low in the twilight and meets Jupiter on the 18th.The Last Quarter Moon is Sunday August 17. Show More Summary
The so-called "supermoon" of tonight (August 10/11) was very beautiful, but with the unaided eye I couldn't tell it apart from previous Full Moons. However, it was very obvious in the telescope, even at 8:30 pm the Moon was obviously bigger than January's "mini-Moon" (aphelion Full Moon). Show More Summary
Perseid radiant as seen from Darwin at 5:00 am local time, August the 13th, looking north. Perseid radiant as seen from Brisbane at 5:00 am local time, August the 13th, looking north. Note how much lower the radiant is. The Perseid Meteor...Show More Summary
Illustration of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth. Distances for apogee and perigee are given for the 2011 Full Moons because I was lazy and didn't want to redraw the diagram. The Full Moon of this Monday August 11 occurs at perigee. Show More Summary
Once again I am on the TV, there will be an article on the potentially lethal weight-loss chemical 2,4 dinitrophenol on channel 9 news tonight (possibly running on both the 5 pm and 6 pm bulletins). I am interviewed, and an article I wrote on this chemical and its hazards is here https://theconversation.com/fat-blaster-drug-can-give-you-weight-loss-to-die-for-28330
Arrival image (screen capture) click to embiggen close up of end of comet Arrival image just from the press conference on Rosetta nad 67P, just downloaded and processed, also an end image, unfortunately I accidental overwrote the activity image and some other close-ups. The image scale is 2.5 meters per pixel.
The Livestream for the Rosetta comet orbiter and lander arriving at comet 67P is on mow, Australians may find the livefeed dropping out and in though.Livefeed at http://rosetta.esa.int/
The Full Moon is Monday August 11. This is a perigee Moon (a so-called "super Moon"). Mars and Saturn are prominent in the evening sky. Venus is low in the twilight. Perseid meteor shower August 12-13.The Full Moon is Monday August 11. Show More Summary
Saturn just before occultation Saturn starts going behind the Moon. Saturn reappears My first quick images of the Occultation of Saturn. Going to bed now.
The Moon, Mars (just above) and Saturn at 6:00 pm ACST. Taken with my Canon IXUS, 1 second exposure 3x zoom. Click to embiggen. The Moon, Mars (just above) and Saturn (lower right)at 8:00 pm ACST. Taken with my Canon IXUS 6 second exposure, 3x zoom. Show More Summary
The Moon as seen from Darwin at Saturn ingress (20:05 ACST) and exit (21:19 ACST). Similar views will be seen at similar latitudes (Broome Weipa, Townsville, Cairns). Click to embiggen. The Moon as seen from Alice Springs at Saturn ingress (20:10 ACST) and exit (21:40 ACST). Show More Summary
In the morning (Sunday 3 August) I'll be on ABC local radio (Adelaide 891 AM) with Ashley Walsh, going live after 10:25 am ACST (10:55 AEST). I'll be talking about the upcoming occultation of Saturn, so listen if you can (they doing streaming, so even if you are not in Adelaide you can catch this on your computer).
The Moon looking north-west at 8:15 pm ACST in Adelaide on 4 August just before the Moon covers Saturn. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time.The August edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. This month features...Show More Summary