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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

September 5, 2015

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    This evening at 9:00, most of the twilight has faded, with the star Antares low along the southwest horizon, and Saturn well to its right. Looking above them, a deformed circle of several stars, perhaps the size of your fist held to the sky, represents Ophiuchus, the healer. The Sun tracks through these stars in early December, though it is not a horoscope constellation.

  • September 6:

    Most of the planets have shifted into the morning skies, and will be there through the rest of the fall. Venus is outstandingly bright, though low and close to due east from 5 to 5:30. Joining it, almost two hand-widths to the left, a much fainter, orange speck – the planet Mars. At the moment Venus outshines Mars by nearly 200 times.

  • September 7:

    Arcturus, the bright orange-yellow star, due west at 8:30 PM EDT, does its best to fight the light of the nearly Full Moon. Arcturus is the second brightest star visible from our latitude, only outdone by the winter star Sirius, the Dog Star, setting late this evening at 11:15 PM EDT.