Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Southern Skywatch August 2012 Edition Up

Jupiter about to go into occulation as seen from Darwin on August 12 at 4:04 am local time (click to embiggen)
 
The August edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. There's lots of planetary action this month.

Venus is in the morning sky not far from Jupiter and is close to the crescent Moon on the 14th.

Jupiter is in the morning sky near the Hyades, on the 12th the crescent Moon and Jupiter are very close (time to look for Jupite in the daylight). In Darwin there is an occultation of Jupiter.

Mars forms a line with Saturn and the bright star Spica on the 14th. Mars is close to the crescent Moon on the 22nd forming a triangle with Saturn and Spica.

Mercury is lost in the twilight.
Variable star Mira at maximum brightness