What is in the sky tonight?

This page contains a quick overview of what you’ll be able to see in the night sky over the coming week, assuming it is not overcast with rain, hail and blizzards or completely opaque with fire smoke.

The location used for the calculations is the observatory, which is in the Dandenong Ranges. But the Moon and planet data is valid for all of Victoria and the International Space Station pass data is valid for all of greater Melbourne. And remember to look up!

Sun and Moon rise and set times

Astronomical Times for Mount Burnett Observatory (-37.9, 145.4)
Starting 07 Dec 2023, for the next 3 days
DateMorningSunriseSunsetEveningMoonriseMoonsetMoon Phase
07 Dec 202304:1705:4720:3122:0102:2614:40day 24 of Moon
08 Dec 202304:1705:4720:3222:0202:4815:40
09 Dec 202304:1705:4720:3322:0303:1016:41

The planets

Planetary Data for today

International Space Station

The best Space Station passes happen before sunrise or after sunset, when the sky is still dark and the Sun reflects off the ISS. The lower the magnitide, the brighter the pass. Look for passes with a predicted magnitude of -2 or lower.

Visible ISS Passes
ISS image. Credit: NASA
DateBrightnessStartHighest pointEnd
08 Dec-0.700:11:1013°SSE00:11:1013°SSE00:11:4110°SE
08 Dec-0.301:45:1210°SSW01:46:0311°SSW01:46:5310°S
08 Dec-0.904:59:1310°SSW05:01:5621°SSE05:04:3710°E
08 Dec-1.023:22:4014°SE23:22:4014°SE23:23:1110°SE
09 Dec-0.400:55:2310°SW00:57:0713°SSW00:58:5310°SSE
09 Dec-0.504:10:5510°SSW04:13:0516°SSE04:15:1410°ESE
09 Dec-3.922:27:4610°NW22:31:0975°NE22:34:3310°SE
10 Dec-0.800:05:4910°WSW00:08:1318°SSW00:10:3810°SSE
10 Dec-0.303:22:4410°S03:24:0912°SSE03:25:3410°SE
10 Dec-2.504:58:1510°SW05:01:3447°SE05:04:5110°ENE
10 Dec-3.321:39:2210°NNW21:42:3239°NE21:45:4410°ESE
10 Dec-1.323:16:2910°W23:19:2125°SSW23:22:1410°SSE
11 Dec-1.504:09:4410°SSW04:12:4729°SSE04:15:4810°E
11 Dec-2.222:27:1910°WNW22:30:3138°SSW22:33:4410°SE
12 Dec0.000:06:5910°SSW00:08:0111°SSW00:09:0410°S
12 Dec-0.903:21:1710°SSW03:23:5420°SSE03:26:3010°ESE
12 Dec-3.704:57:3110°WSW05:00:5257°NW05:04:1110°NE
12 Dec-3.321:38:2110°WNW21:41:4366°SW21:45:0710°SE
12 Dec-0.323:17:0710°SW23:18:5914°SSW23:20:5210°SSE
13 Dec-0.402:32:5410°SSW02:34:5615°SSE02:36:5810°ESE
13 Dec-3.604:08:4410°SW04:12:0976°SE04:15:3210°NE
13 Dec-0.722:27:3010°WSW22:29:5919°SSW22:32:2910°SSE
14 Dec-0.201:44:3810°S01:45:5412°SSE01:47:0910°SE
14 Dec-2.503:20:0410°SW03:23:2142°SE03:26:3510°ENE
14 Dec-2.304:57:2310°W04:59:5019°NW05:02:1610°N
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