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Sky This Week - Thursday April 16 to Thursday April 23

14 Apr 2020, 11:57 UTC
Sky This Week - Thursday April 16 to Thursday April 23
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The New Moon is Thursday, April 23. Venus is prominent in the evening sky well after twilight. You may be able to see shadows cast by Venus. Four bright planets are visible in the morning skies. The Moon is between Saturn and Mars on the 16th and on the 17th the crescent Moon forms a line with the bright planets. Jupiter dominates the morning skies as Mars leaves Saturn behind. Mercury is just visible below the trio. Mercury and the thin crescent Moon are close low in the twilight on the 22nd. The New Moon is Thursday, April 23.The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 21st.Evening sky at 18:43 ACST on Saturday, April 18 (60 minutes after sunset) looking west as seen from Adelaide. Venus is prominent in the sky near the Hyades and the bright red star Aldebaran. The inset shows the telescope view of Venus.Venus is a distinct "half Moon" shape in even small telescopes.Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 60 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.Morning sky at 5:45 ACST (60 minutes minutes before sunrise) facing east as seen from Adelaide on Thursday, April 16.Four bright planets and ...

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