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Eye on the Night Sky

Eye on the Night Sky

September 26, 2020

Nightly Events

  • Tonight:

    The Moon may appear slightly rounded where day meets night on our celestial neighbor, a line called the "terminus", where the sunlight terminates. The shadows are at their greatest near this line, revealing the larger craters in binoculars, or a spotting scope.

  • September 27:

    Mars rises before 8 o'clock, and is low above the eastern horizon at 8:30, a striking reddish-orange that is now as bright as Jupiter. We will pass between Mars and the Sun October 6th, placing us as close as we'll be to our planetary neighbor until 2035.

  • September 28:

    The waxing Gibbous Moon will be climbing into the southeast this evening, joined near 8 o'clock by a bright but poorly recognized star, Fomalhaut, one of the brightest stars we can see. The Moon is well above Fomalhaut as the crest due south near 11:15 PM EDT, with Fomalhaut scraping low above the southern horizon.