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The Sky This Week - Thursday March 15 to Thursday March 22

13 Mar 2018, 12:24 UTC
The Sky This Week - Thursday March 15 to Thursday March 22
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The New Moon is Saturday, March 17. Venus and Mercury are low in the twilight. Venus is close to the crescent Moon on the 19th. Jupiter is now rising in the late evening skies but is still best in the morning. Mars, bright Jupiter and Saturn form a line together with the bright stars Antares and Spica in the morning skies. Mars closes in on Saturn. Saturn is in binocular range of some interesting nebula and the globular cluster M22. Mars is in between the Trifid and Lagoon Nebulae on the 20th.The New Moon is Saturday, March 17.Evening twilight sky on Monday March 19 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 19:54 ACDST (30 minutes after sunset). Venus and the Moon are nearby low in the twilight, with Mercury almost on the horizon.Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).Venus and Mercury are very low in the twilight. You will need a flat unobscured horizon, like the ocean or the desert. Venus is now visible to the unaided eye (just) from 15 minutes after sunset andrelatively easy to see 30 minutes after sunset, but you will need binoculars to ...

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