• Mel Hulbert

What’s in the Sky - September 2020

Moon Phase:

Full Moon 2nd

Last Quarter 10th

New Moon 17th

First Quarter 24th

Spring Equinox 22nd

Planets:

Evening Sky

Jupiter is high in the north eastern evening sky in the constellation of Sagittarius.

Saturn is also high in the north eastern evening sky in the constellation Sagittarius and rises after Jupiter.

Mercury is low in the western sky after sunset in the constellation Virgo.

Mars is rising just after 9pm AEST at the start of the month but by month’s end will be rising just after 7pm. For most of the month, the red planet is best seen in the late evening and early morning skies in the constellation of Pisces.

Morning Sky

Mars is rising just after 9pm AEST at the start of the month but by month’s end will be rising just after 7pm. For most of the month, the red planet is best seen in the late evening and early morning skies in the constellation of Pisces.

Venus is low in the northeastern morning sky and starts the month in the constellation Gemini moving into Cancer on the 5th.

Worth a Look:

14th: The waning crescent Moon is north of the brilliantly shining Venus. While the pair are not close together, sandwiched between them is the Beehive cluster (Messier 44) worth a look with a pair of binocular. The Moon and Venus will make a lovely sight in the early morning sky.

19th: Mercury, the waxing crescent Moon and the first magnitude star Spica form a triangle in the western sky after sunset. A good opportunity for widefield photographers as their closeness to the horizon will make for a lovely image.

25th: The waxing gibbous Moon is in conjunction with Jupiter (less than 2 degrees separate them). The pair will look good together in the early evening sky and are worth a look especially if you have binoculars or a telescope.


You can download a star map for September here.

Clear Skies!


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