Thursday, August 4, 2011

Southern Skywatch August 2011 Edition Up

Morning sky looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at 6:30 am local time on Sunday August 7 showing the Mars and the constellations. Mars is close to the open cluster M35. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen.

The August edition of Southern Skywatch is now belatedly up. My trusty laptop died, then the replacement version of the HTML software ate my work (sigh).

Venus is no longer visible. Mars comes close to the gobular cluster M35. Jupiter is prominent, and is now a good telescopic object.

Mercury leaves the evening sky and returns to the morning sky late in the month. Saturn is well past opposition, and is becoming a more difficult telescopic object in the evening. Good telescopic observation can be had from around 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Asteroid Vesta is visible to the unaided eye, and reaches opposition on the 5th. Comet C/2009 P1 is visible in binoculars, and comets Elenin and Honda become briefly visible later in the month.

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