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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

September 19, 2017

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The brilliant planet Venus, the brightest object in the night skies other than the Moon, blazes just to the left of the star Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Lion. Over the next few mornings, Regulus will slowly climb higher, the pair best viewed from 5 to 5:30 AM EDT.

  • September 20:

    The Milky Way runs overhead in September, and no Moon over the next several evenings gives us a chance to see it at its finest. Looking above at the Summer Triangle, and then down into the south, notice a darker lane in the middle of the Milky Way. These are vast dust clouds, creating stars, but blocking light from existing stars farther away.

  • September 21:

    Tomorrow, the Autumnal Equinox, occasionally stirs up an old idea about standing an egg on its end at the moment of the Equinox, which is tomorrow afternoon at 4:02 PM EDT. While there is some balance in a broad sense, there are no physical reasons for the egg to stand on its end only on the Equinox. It can be done, with patience, on any day of the year.