(Posted 4 September 2016)
Moon, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter finder chart. Prepared for evening twilight (6:30 pm AEST) on Sunday 4 September 2016 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.
Don’t panic if you didn’t miss last month’s close encounter between Venus and Jupiter, don’t panic. Firstly, you can ‘just’ still see Mercury and Jupiter in the evening twilight below Venus and the crescent Moon. You will need a clear sky and low horizon tonight. Binoculars are highly recommended to locate much fainter Mercury.
Click (above) to enlarge. (c) 2016 Paul Floyd Daytime image of Venus and the crescent Moon. Taken at 2.55 pm AEST on 4 September 2016,
You could look now if you have lots of patience, a pair of binoculars and know where to look. I use the Sky Safari Pro app to assist me with capturing the above Venus and Moon image. The two objects are almost 8 degrees apart making it very tricky to find both.
Jupiter and Saturn narrow angle finder chart. Prepared for evening twilight (8 pm AEST) on Monday 21 December 2020 for the Gold Coast, Queensland (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.
We also have an amazing planetary conjunction to look forward to in 2020 (see above chart). You will need a small telescope – so start saving. The view will be amazing!
This website is maintained by Paul Floyd. I am an amateur astronomer (and school teacher) with 25 years experience (as at 2015) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities. As of January 2015, I have been providing astronomy information via the WWW for eighteen years.