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Night Sky, September 2019: What You Can See This Month [Maps]
Of the five brightest planets, three are pretty much out of the loop for viewing. Mercury and Mars are too close to the sun to be seen. Venus is also too close to the sun to be seen, although during the last few days of the month it will begin pull just far enough away from the bright twilight glow to be glimpsed about a half hour after sunset near the western horizon. That leaves only brilliant Jupiter in the southwest sky and Saturn in the south at dusk. Here, we present a schedule below which provides some of the best planet viewing times as well directing you as to where to look to see them.
Use it to locate a planet, the Moon, or the Sun and track their movements across the sky. The map also shows the phases of the Moon, and all solar and lunar eclipses. Need some help? Mercury is just 15 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult to see. Venus is just 11 degrees from the Sun in the sky, so it is difficult to see.
Calendar of Observing Highlights
The night sky tonight and on any clear night offers an ever-changing display of fascinating objects you can see, from stars and constellations to bright planets, often the moon, and sometimes special events like meteor showers. Observing the night sky can be done with no special equipment, although a sky map can be very useful, and a good beginner telescope or binoculars will enhance some experiences and bring some otherwise invisible objects into view. You can also use astronomy accessories to make your observing easier, and use our Satellite Tracker page powered by N2YO. Monthly skywatching information is provided to Space. Editor's note: If you have an amazing skywatching photo you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, you can send images and comments in to spacephotos futurenet. Due to Jupiter's rapid hour rotation period, its Great Red Spot or GRS is only observable from Earth during a predictable three-hour window every 2nd or 3rd night. The GRS will be easiest to see using a medium-sized, or larger, aperture telescope on an evening of good seeing steady air.