September Astronomy

Venus and the Crescent Moon are low above the horizon on the evening of September 9th, below the stars Zubeneschamali (“northern claw”) and Zubenelgenubi (“southern claw”) of the Scorpion.

Venus and the Crescent Moon are low above the horizon on the evening of September 9th, below the stars Zubeneschamali (“northern claw”) and Zubenelgenubi (“southern claw”) of the Scorpion.

August 28, 2021| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Summer’s constellations, Scorpio and Sagittarius, begin their departure, progressing from south toward the southwest through the month.  At the same time, the planetary duo of Jupiter and Saturn climb higher from the southeast into the south.  Extending up from the Teapot in Sagittarius, the broad, faint path of the Milky Way arches from southwest to northeast, where the Summer Triangle remains high in the south.  The eastern skies welcome back the Great Square of Pegasus, due east mid-month at 8:30 PM, attached to Andromeda to its left. Venus remains a brilliant spark, but low in the evening twilight as it drifts more to the southwest, including a lovely conjunction with the Crescent Moon on the 9th.

September Sun and Moon

  • Sunrise September 1 6:11 AM EDT
  • Sunset September 1 7:24 PM EDT Length of Day 13h 13m
  • Sunrise September 30 6:45 AM EDT
  • Sunset September 30 6:30 PM EDT Length of Day 12h 45m
  • New Moon on the 6th
  • First Quarter Moon on the 13th
  • Full “Harvest” Moon on the 20th
  • Last Quarter Moon on the 28th

 

 

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