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Friday, September 02, 2011


Southern Skywatch September 2011 Edition Up

Morning sky looking north-east as seen from Adelaide at 6:00 am local time on Sunday September 4 showing the Mars and the constellations. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen.

The September edition of Southern Skywatch is now up. Still without my trusty laptop.

Venus returns to the evening sky late in the month. Mars comes close to the Beehive cluster. Jupiter enters the evening sky, and is now a good telescopic object.

Mercury leaves the morning sky. Saturn leaves the evening sky, after a difficult to observe encounter with Venus and the crescent Moon.

Asteroid Vesta is visible in binoculars. Comet C/2009 P1 is visible in binoculars, comet Elenin has disintegrated.


Hello Ian. What is your explanation for the Jupiter flare that hit ELENIN as shown on Stereo ahead. Links in thread.

It's an imaging artifact from Jupiter being at the edge of the imager camera (you can also see it in the animations I've done of the STEREO images).

See http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/artifacts/artifacts_reflections.shtml for a more detailed explanation.
Hi Ian,

I am in Southern California and I am seeing a very large bright body in the eastern sky between 9pm and midnight PST. Is it Venus?

Thank you!!!!
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