A few pointers:
- All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
- In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The dwarf planet Pluto looks like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
- Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
- Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are prepared for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
- Times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time when in force. As a guide, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory in 2016, Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday 3 April and begins on Sunday 2 October 2016.
4 February 2016 – Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn finder chart – Early morning sky
On Thursday 4 February 2016 in Canberra, civilian twilight begins at 4:56 am AEST / 5: 56 am AEDT. For Canberra, astronomical twilight begins much earlier at 3:48 am AEST / 4:48 am AEST.
6 February 2016 – Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn finder chart – Early morning sky
On Saturday 6 February 2016 in Canberra, civilian twilight begins at 4:59 am AEST / 5: 59 am AEDT. Astronomical twilight begins much earlier at 3:51 am AEST / 4:51 am AEST.
8 February 2016 – Jupiter and Europa’s shadow on Jupiter’s disc – Late evening sky
24 February 2016 – Moon, Jupiter and Regulus finder chart – Evening sky
Note that Jupiter appears as a bright star to the unaided eye. Jupiter rises at 7:26 pm AEST / 8:26 pm AEDT as seen from Canberra on Wednesday 24 February 2016.