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Star Watching September Stars 2017

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September is a quieter month for star watching. The cooler nights make it better to observe the stars, especially around a new moon when it does not cast any light.

Mercury

Mercury is currently the brightest star in the early morning sky and should be easy to observe each morning before dawn towards the east.

If you live in the northern hemisphere you're in for an awesome site as Mercury makes a super close conjunction with Mars. On the 16th if you're up really early you will be able to observe Mercury passing within 3° of the planet Mars. Look towards the east or were you see the Sun rising and you should be able to witness the two planets come together.

If it is a clear morning it will be easy to see the waning crescent moon and the sparkling planet Venus which is the brightest in the early morning sky. When you see the Moon and Venus, this will help you locate Mercury and Mars. Make sure you use your binoculars for a better view.

Venus

Venus is a morning star during the month of September as it slowly continues its journey back towards the Sun. On the 20th, Venus pass within a half a degree to the north of the fixed star Regulus in the constellation Leo. Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo and can be identified by its blueish glow.

From the 16th on, the planet Venus will begin to descend lower on the horizon each day towards Regulus and Mars.

On the 18th look for the waning crescent Moon as it is in a close conjunction to Venus. (The Moon will be right beside Venus.)

Mars

In mid-September Mars becomes a morning star climbing up higher and higher each day on the horizon.

Jupiter 

You can observe Jupiter as it descendants lower in the horizon each night. Look for Jupiter in the western sky. It is recognizable by its silvery white Lester. By the end of September you will no longer be able to see the planet Jupiter. You can also see mercury each morning just before dawn to the east.

Saturn

Saturn is nice and bright during the month of September and can be identified by its yellowy white color and moderate brilliance however it must be observed by a telescope magnifying at least 30 power. If you look high in the north western sky just after sunset you will be able to observe Saturn shining brightly.

You can locate Saturn in the non-zodiacal constellation ⛎ Ophiuchus-The Serpent Holder. When you spot the yellowish glow, you’ll know you have it.

This would be an epic time to look at Saturn through a telescope because the rings of Saturn are tilted towards the earth as far as they can right now. I imagine this would be a captivating and spectacular sight to see. On the 26th and 27th of September the waxing crescent Moon will pass by Saturn.

Uranus

If you're blessed with good vision you'll be able to see Uranus with the naked eyes throughout all of 2017. Just look for Uranus identifiable by its blue-green glow in the constellation Pisces.

Neptune

Neptune can be seen with binoculars or a telescope with a magnitude of +7.8. Neptune is in the constellation Aquarius during 2017 and is identifiable by its Blue glow.

Celestial Events September 2017

There are no meteor showers in the month of September but there will be one in October we can look forward to.

Moon 2017
Full Moon September 6, 2017 🌕

New Moon September 20, 2017 🌙

Autumn begins in the Northern hemisphere, Spring in the Southern hemisphere on September 22 at 3:02 PM EDT

Celestial Events 2018

The Perseid meteor shower back in August was not so great for observing due to the light cast from the Full Moon. However next August in 2018 the Perseid meteor shower will really be a stunning sight to see as it occurs at a New Moon with no light.

Night Sky Photo by Ryan Hutton

Current Moon Phase


New Moon
New Moon

The moon is currently in Libra
The moon is 29 days old

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