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The Sky This Week - Thursday January 18 to Thursday January 25

The Last Quarter Moon is Thursday, January 25. The variable star Mira is close to maximum. Mars and bright Jupiter are close together. Saturn and Mercury are visible in the morning sky and forms a line with the star Antares, Mars, Jupiter and the star Spica. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 11 to Thursday January 18

The New Moon is Wednesday, January 17. The variable star Mira is now bright enough to see easily. Mars and bright Jupiter are close together. On January 12 the crescent Moon forms a triangle with the pair. Mercury and Saturn climb higher...Show More Summary

Perigee full Moon of January 2, 2018

Perigee full Moon of January 2, 2018 at 23:00 ACST. Click to embiggen.After a clear cloud free day, the clouds came over as the moon rose, got this shot in a brief hole in the cloud, the it socked in completely.My plan to take sequential...Show More Summary

Mars and Jupiter in a Spectacular Conjunction in the Morning Sky (3-9 January, 2018)

Morning sky on Sunday January 7 looking east as seen from Adelaide at 5:05 ACDST (60 minutes before sunrise). Jupiter and Mars are spectacularly close together.The inset shows a simulation of the field of view of a 12 mm eyepiece on a 114mm Newtonian telescope. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday January 4 to Thursday January 11

The Last Quarter Moon is Moon is Tuesday, January 9. The variable star Mira is now bright enough to see easily. Mars is easy to see and is heading towards bright Jupiter. The pair are spectacularly close on January 7. On January 11 the waning Moon forms a line with the pair. Show More Summary

The Perigee Moon ("Super Moon") of Tuesday January 2, What Can You See?

The Full Moon of Tuesday, 2 January is a perigee Moon when the Full Moon is closest to the Earth. This is hot on the heels of the Monday, December 4 perigee Moon.A full Moon at perigee has been called a "Super Moon", this is not an astronomical...Show More Summary

Southern Skywatch January 2018 edition is now out!

Evening sky as seen on January 31 at 22:30 ACDST, with the total Lunar eclipse well under way on a "Blue" Moon. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time. (click to embiggen).The January edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.This month sees most of the action move in the morning sky. Show More Summary

Coming Events: A Year of Southern Astronomy for 2018

The planets on 13 October 2018 at 21:15 ACDST, 45 minutes after sunset, All 5 bright classical planets, Neptune and the crescent Moon form a line in the evening twilight. Uranus is just rising at this time. Click to embiggen.The table...Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 28 to Thursday January 5

The Full Moon is Moon is Tuesday, January 2. This is a perigee moon (so called "Super Moon"). The Earth is at perihelion on January 3. The variable star Mira is now bright enough to see easily. Mars is easy to see and is heading towards bright Jupiter. Show More Summary

Christmas Day ISS pass in the morning (Dec 25, 2017)

The ISS passes Through Orion, as seen from Melbourne on the morning of Monday 25 December at 4:52 AEDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes above Orion, as seen from Adelaide on the morning of Monday 25 December at 4:22 ACDST. Show More Summary

Seeing Comet C/2017 T1 Near the Beehive Cluster (December 25, 2017)

Location of Comet C/2017 T1 Heinze as seen at 3:45 am ACDST at the latitude of Adelaide, looking north, when it is at transit. Click to embiggen. Comet C/2017 T1 Heinze is currently near M44, the famous Beehive Cluster, and will be closest to the cluster on Christmas. Show More Summary

The ISS shoots Orion and Sirius (21 December 2017)

The ISS passes though Orion and by the bright star Sirius at 21:13 ACDST. Stack of 12 images in ImageJ, 2 second exposures, 800 ASA, Canon IXUS (click to embiggen). Animation of all 12 images from previous shot (click to embigen) Tonights ISS pass of this International Space Station pass series, sky absolutely clear again. Show More Summary

Seeing Comet C/2016 R2 in Outburst from Australia (December 2017)

Comet C/2016 R2 PanSTARRS as seen at 23:45 ACDST at the latitude of Adelaide, when it is at transit. The Comet is currently near the Hyades, under the shield of Orion. Click to embiggen. Comet C/2016 R2 PanSTARRS is currently near the Hyades. Show More Summary

The ISS and Canopus (20 December 2017)

The ISS passes by the bright star Canopus. The Fainter track is either the satellite NOSS 2-1 C or D. Stack of 6 images oin ImageJ, 4 second exposures, 800 ASA, Canon IXUS (click to embiggen). Animation of all 6 images from previousShow More Summary

Christmas Week ISS passes, (19 December - 25 December 2017)

The ISS passes above Orion, as seen from Melbourne on the evening of Thursday 21 December at 21:44 AEDST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS through Orion, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Thursday 21 December at 21:16 ACDST. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 21 to Thursday December 28

The First Quarter Moon is Tuesday, December 26. The Earth is at Solstice on the 22nd. Mars is easy to see and is heading towards Jupiter. Jupiter is prominent in the morning sky and is heading towards the bright star alpha2 Librae. Jupiter is closest on the 22nd. Show More Summary

Don't Forget the Geminid Meteor Shower 14-15 December 2017

The northern horizon at 4:00 am ACDST as seen from Adelaide on Thursday December 14. The Geminid radiant is marked with a starburst. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at a similar latitude and the equivalent local time. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 14 to Thursday December 21

The New Moon is Monday, December 18. Mercury and Saturn are lost in the twilight. Mars is relatively easy to see and isheading towards Jupiter. Jupiter is now prominent in the morning sky and is heading towards the bright star alpha2 Librae. Show More Summary

The Sky This Week - Thursday December 7 to Thursday December 14

2 months agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

The Last Quarter Moon is Monday, December 10. Mercury and Saturn are lost in the twilight. Mars is relatively easy to see and is close to the thing crescent Moon on the 14th.Jupiter is now prominent in the morning sky and is heading towards the bright star alpha2 Librae. Show More Summary

The Perigee Moon ("Super Moon") of Monday December 4, What Can You See?

2 months agoAcademics / Astronomy : Astroblog

Due to travel to visit my mum and go to conferences, where I don't have access to my drawing programs, I have recycled an old post, so I don't have updated images. Illustration of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth. Distances for...Show More Summary

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