September Astronomy

September Astronomy

September 3, 2019| Category: Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The planet Jupiter remains above the Scorpion, while Saturn shines to the upper left of the Teapot in Sagittarius through September, slowly progressing to the southwest. Earlier evenings feature the Big Dipper sinking lower into the northwestern skies, while the broad, faint path of the Milky Way arches from northeast to southwest, 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, Mars, and Mercury remain lost in the Sun’s glare.

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Jupiter and Saturn slowly slide southwest during the evenings this month, joined by the Moon.
The “Harvest Moon” comes by its name for obvious reasons, though it turns out the circumstances of the Earth’s orbit and tilted axis create a fortuitous phenomenon, allowing the Moon to rise close to the same time near the Full Moon, remaining in the skies all night, offering additional light to continue the harvest in days gone by.

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