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Sky This Week - Thursday May 21 to Thursday May 28

19 May 2020, 03:28 UTC
Sky This Week - Thursday May 21 to Thursday May 28
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The New Moon is Saturday May 23. Venus is sinking lower in the evening twilight becoming harder to see as Mercury rises out of the twilight. On the 22nd Mercury and Venus are closest and on May 24 The thin crescent Moon, Mercury and Venus make an attractive, if difficult to see, triangle low in the twilight. 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 and visible in the late evening. The New Moon is Saturday May 23. Evening twilight at 17:44 ACST on Friday, May 22 (30 minutes after sunset) looking west as seen from Adelaide. Venus is prominent low in the twilight and at its closest to Mercury (you may need binoculars to see Mercury). 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 twilight at 17:43 ACST onSunday, May 24 (30 minutes after sunset) looking west as seen from Adelaide. Venus forms a triangle with the thin crescent Moon ...

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