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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

 

The Sky This Week - Thursday September 24 to Thursday October 1

The First Quarter Moon is Saturday September 26. Jupiter is is easily seen as the brightest object in the evening sky and is visited by the Moon on Tuesday September 29. In the morning, Venus and Mars are seen above the eastern horizon before dawn. Mercury appears low in the morning twilight later in the week.

Evening sky looking east at 7:30 pm local time on Tuesday September 29. Click to embiggen.

The First Quarter Moon is Saturday September 26.

Mercury appears low in the morning twilight glow later in the week. It will be very difficult to see without a clear level horizon.

Saturn is no longer visible, and will reappear in the morning in October.

Jupiter is easily seen as the brightest object in the evening sky. Jupiter is visited by the Moon on Tuesday September 29. This is an excellent time to see Jupiter during the daytime. Look for the Moon above the horizon an hour before sunset, and you should see Jupiter just below it.

Jupiter is big enough to be appreciated in even the smallest telescope. If you don't have a telescope to view Jupiter, why not go to one of your local Astronomical Societies or Planetariums open nights? Jupiter's Moons are readily visible in binoculars or a small telescope. On Thursday September 24 Jupiter has an interesting alignment of Moons.

Eastern horizon with Venus and Mercury at 5:30 am local time on Monday morning September 28, click to embiggen.

In the morning, Venus and Mars are readily visible in the eastern sky. Red Mars is in the constellation of Gemini.

Bright white Venus is close to the horizon, but is still readily visible in the dawn twilight if you have a clear, unobstructed horizon. During the week Venus comes closer to the horizon.

Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm, Western sky at 10 pm. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch. Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

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