Astronomy Events – September 2014

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by yaska77

Don’t get us wrong, we love summertime but we often find we’re busier doing things other than astronomy in the evenings. So as the nights start to draw in and things are cooling down, we find we have more time to get the flasks filled up and out in the dark sky watching again.

Last month we managed a shot or two of the Supermoon (as shown below) but not a lot else, something we are very much hoping to rectify in September. But we all need something to look at so with that in mind below we’ve listed a little something for everyone to see, in our monthly astronomy guide for September.

Keep watching the skies!

Tuesday 2nd September – This morning the Moon can be seen at First Quarter phase

Monday 8th September – The Moon is at Perigee today at a distance of 358,385 km (222,690 miles), the closest point of its orbit to the Earth

Tuesday 9th September – The September Full Moon seen tonight is also sometimes known as the Harvest Moon, Barley Moon or Singing Moon

August's Full Moon coincided with Perigee, making it a Supermoon. We managed to get this pic before it clouded over! (click to enlarge) - Credit: Sky-Watching/A.Welbourn
August’s Full Moon coincided with Perigee, making it a Supermoon. We managed to get this pic before it clouded over! (click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/A.Welbourn

Tuesday 16th September – This afternoon our Moon will be seen at Last Quarter phase

To help identify the constellations you can see throughout the month, below we’ve provided guide images for both southern and northern skies in September (shown as seen at 00:00 UTC (01:00 BST) on 16th September)

Shown at 00:00 UTC (01:00 BST) on 16th September, both these images are a handy guide for the whole month. This is the view you’ll get looking South (click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium
Shown at 00:00 UTC (01:00 BST) on 16th September, both these images are a handy guide for the whole month. This is the view you’ll get looking South (click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium
Displaying the night sky midway through the month, this image can help you identify the constellations you’ll see in the northern sky in September (click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium
Displaying the night sky midway through the month, this image can help you identify the constellations you’ll see in the northern sky in September (click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium

Saturday 20th September – Today the Moon is at Apogee at a distance of 405,845 km (252,180 miles) the furthest point out in its orbit around the Earth this month

Jupiter and the Moon are close neighbours seen before dawn on 20th September (Click to enlarge) - Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium
Jupiter and the Moon are close neighbours, seen before dawn on 20th September (Click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium

And if you’re an early riser the Moon pays a close visit to Jupiter to the east before dawn, shown above at 04:00 UTC / 05:00 BST

Sunday 21st September – Today Mercury is at Greatest Eastern Elongation, and it is also Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere

Wednesday 24th September – The New Moon rises with (and sets just after) the Sun today, so now is a good time to observe deep sky objects when the skies are unaffected by moonlight

The waxing crescent Moon can be see fairly close to Mercury low down to the West soon after sunset on 26th September (click to enlarge) - Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium
The waxing crescent Moon can be see fairly close to Mercury low down to the West soon after sunset on 26th September (click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium

Friday 26th September – The waxing crescent Moon is visited closely by Mercury this evening, as seen in our guide image above (shown at 17:30 UTC / 18:30 BST). If conditions are right and you have a very flat western horizon you may get to see them together

Mars visits Antares, Saturn in Libra and the thin crescent Moon can all be see soon after sunset this evening (click to enlarge) - Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium
Mars visiting Antares, Saturn in Libra and the thin crescent Moon can all be seen soon after sunset this evening (click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/Stellarium

Saturday 27th September – Red planet Mars visits red star Antares this evening, its name meaning “Rival of Mars”. Look low to the south west after sunset, and you’ll also catch Saturn in Libra, and the thin crescent Moon (shown above at 18:30 UTC / 19:30 BST)

As usual, if you take any photos throughout September you’d like to show us, please tweet them to us using the link below! We’d love to see your efforts and we’ll re-tweet them to your fellow sky-watchers!

Planets visible this month:

Jupiter
Venus
Mars
Mercury
Saturn
Neptune
Uranus

Remember, it can take your eyes up to 20 minutes to become properly dark adapted, and anything up to an hour for a telescope to reach ambient temperature outside (to ensure the best image), so give yourself plenty of time to get set up!

To make it easier to find this list of astronomical happenings you can also locate it in the “Monthly Guide” section in the menu bar to the right. Handy! 🙂

Guide images created with Stellarium

Archive:
Astronomy Events – August 2014
Astronomy Events – July 2014
Astronomy Events – June 2014

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  1. Reblogged this on PreciousSmile☺ and commented:
    gazing at night sky ..:)

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