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Sunday, September 01, 2013


Southern Skywatch September, 2013 edition is now out!

Evening sky on Sunday September8  looking west as seen from Adelaide at 6:30 pm local time in South Australia. Venus, Spica and the crescent Moon form a triangle, with Saturn above and Mercury just cresting the horizon. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).

The September edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

There's lots of planetary action this month with Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Mercury meeting the Moon.

Mars climbs higher to the morning sky and is near the crescent Moon on the 2nd.  Jupiter climbs higher still and is also near the crescent Moon on the 1st.

Mercury returns to the evening sky, and this is the best time to see the fleet planet in the evening this year. It is near the crescent Moon on the 6th, and near the bright star Spica on the 25th.

Saturn was at opposition in April, but it is still big and bright this month.  On the 9th the crescent Moon  is close to Saturn.

On the 8th the crescent Moon  is close to Venus and the bright star Spica.


Summer is coming, and the clouds have returned to North Queensland. :( I envy you southlanders, with your "southern skies".
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