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 03 Dec 2021, for the next 3 days
DateMorningSunriseSunsetEveningMoonriseMoonsetMoon Phase
TwilightTwilight
03 Dec 202104:1705:4720:2821:5804:4519:12day 28 of Moon
04 Dec 202104:1705:4720:2921:5905:2620:31
05 Dec 202104:1705:4720:3022:0006:1421:47

The planets

Planetary Data for today
MercuryVenusMarsJupiterSaturnUranusNeptunePluto
Rises05:5608:4104:5211:4010:1517:5713:4409:02
Meridian13:1316:0511:5218:2517:1923:0919:5816:21
Sets20:3223:2818:5001:0900:1904:2002:1323:37
ConstellationOphiuchusSagittariusLibraCapricornusCapricornusAriesAquariusSagittarius

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
(mag)TimeAlt.Az.TimeAlt.Az.TimeAlt.Az.
04 Dec-1.202:18:0521°SE02:18:0521°SE02:19:2410°SE
04 Dec-0.903:51:3810°SW03:53:2513°SSW03:55:1110°SSE
05 Dec-1.303:05:1616°SW03:05:5917°SSW03:08:2210°SSE
06 Dec-1.202:19:2621°S02:19:2621°S02:21:2610°SSE
07 Dec-0.801:33:3116°SSE01:33:3116°SSE01:34:2610°SE
07 Dec-0.503:08:0010°SSW03:08:5311°SSW03:09:4510°S
08 Dec-0.702:20:2612°SW02:21:2213°SSW02:23:0710°SSE
09 Dec-0.801:34:1617°SSW01:34:1617°SSW01:36:1510°SSE
09 Dec-0.504:48:2910°S04:50:0112°SSE04:51:3410°SE
10 Dec-0.900:47:5418°S00:47:5418°S00:49:1810°SSE
10 Dec-0.104:02:0110°S04:02:2910°SSE04:02:5610°SSE