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Sky This Week - Thursday May 14 to Thursday May 21

12 May 2020, 12:46 UTC
Sky This Week - Thursday May 14 to Thursday May 21
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The last Quarter is Friday May 15. Venus is sinking lower in the evening twilight becoming harder to see. Mercury rises out of the twilight to meet it. Three bright planets are visible in the morning skies. Jupiter dominates the morning skies near Saturn and the pair are above Mars. Jupiter and Saturn are now rising before midnight. The Moon is close to Mars on the 15th and 18thThe last Quarter is Friday May 15.The Moon is at apogee, when it is furthest from the Earth, on the 18th.Evening twilight at 17:44 ACST on Thursday, May 11 (30 minutes after sunset) looking west as seen from Adelaide. Venus is prominent low in the twilight with Mercury rising to meet it. The inset shows the telescopic view of Venus and Mercury.Venus is a distinct "crescent Moon" shape in even small telescopes. Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia 30 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen.Evening sky at 23:00 ACST on Saturday, May 16 facing east as seen from Adelaide. Jupiter and Saturn are rising above the Eastern horizon.Similar views will bee seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time, click to embiggen.The inset shows the telescopic view of Jupiter ...

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