The evening sky facing north-west in Melbourne on August 13 at 7:00 pm AEST showing Venus and the crescent Moon, with Spica, Mars and Saturn close by. (similar views will be seen from other cities at the equivalent local time eg 7:00 pm ACST Adelaide).
The August edition of Southern Skywatch is now up with lots of planetary action. With 4 of the 5 classical planets close to each other in the early evening sky there are spectacular views with Venus close to the Moon, Mars close to the Moon, Venus, Mars and Saturn forming interesting patters and Venus near Spica.
This is also the best time to observe Mercury in the evening sky.
Jupiter is now visible in the late evening sky and is within binocular range of Uranus.