The Night Sky

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 23 May 2022, for the next 3 days
DateMorningSunriseSunsetEveningMoonriseMoonsetMoon Phase
TwilightTwilight
23 May 202205:4607:1617:1318:43None13:41day 22 of Moon
24 May 202205:4707:1717:1218:4200:4314:08
25 May 202205:4807:1817:1218:4201:4914:33

The planets

Planetary Data for today
MercuryVenusMarsJupiterSaturnUranusNeptunePluto
Rises07:0204:0802:0502:2223:1805:5801:4621:02
Meridian12:0710:0008:1108:2206:0311:0807:5504:16
Sets17:0615:2214:1914:2512:5116:1614:0811:34
ConstellationTaurusPiscesPiscesPiscesCapricornusAriesPiscesSagittarius

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.
24 May-1.004:54:3318°ESE04:54:3318°ESE04:55:3510°ESE
24 May-2.206:27:3115°WSW06:29:1321°SSW06:31:5510°SSE
25 May-2.305:41:5826°S05:41:5826°S05:44:0810°SSE
26 May-0.504:56:1410°SE04:56:1410°SE04:56:1510°SE
26 May-1.506:29:1011°SW06:30:2012°SSW06:31:5110°S
27 May-1.305:43:1713°S05:43:1713°S05:44:1210°SSE
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