Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Times Online, UK - Aug 31, 2008
Nevertheless, Capricornus is currently presided over by Neptune himself, and at about 2.30 BST on the 13th the Moon will cover, or occult, the outermost of ... the evening twilight on Sept. 12, the waxing gibbous moon occults Neptune. Starting about 8:42 p.m., the ice giant disappears behind the moon, and reappears about 9:47 p.m. Neptune is at magnitude 7.2, so you will need binoculars to observe this fairly rare event, in the constellation Capricorn.

A week later, on the night of the 19th, the moon moves through the Pleiades, Messier Object 45. Of the nine named stars of the Seven Sisters (up to 14 can be seen with the naked eye) only Electra, Celaeno, Maia and Alcyone will be hidden by the moon. This should be a beautiful sight, beginning at about 9 p.m. and ending at midnight. M45 is also known as the Maia Nebula, and is actually a cluster of 500 stars, 12 light-years in diameter.

At the beginning of September, around 8:15 p.m., the moon, Mercury, Mars and Venus hover right above the western horizon. By month's end at this time, only Venus will be visible, outshining all but the moon at magnitude -3.8.

Jupiter remains in Sagittarius, quite conspicuous in the south at magnitude -2.4. The planet is right above Nunki, the second brightest star in the constellation. Nunki is the one of the stars that make up the bowl of the ''Little Milk Dipper.'' This is an asterism, or a pattern of stars seen in the sky that is not an official constellation.

Saturn rises in the last half of the month about 6:30 a.m. in the constellation Leo, about 40 minutes before sunrise. By month's end, the ringed planet will rise about an hour earlier. This might be the last month before winter to get a good look at the ring system. The system will appear to ''close up'' from our perspective on Earth, and will not be as open until about next May.

Uranus is at opposition on Sept. 13, in the constellation Aquarius. It is visible without binoculars under a dark, clear sky. Two days before or after this date, place the star Phi Aquarii (find a star chart on the Web or at the library) at the right edge of the field of 7 x 50 binoculars. Uranus will appear as a gray-green dot right in the center of the field.

Sept. 22 marks the autumnal equinox, once again bringing an end to summer.

Stargazing: Sea of the stars
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN - Aug 25, 2008
Since ancient times, this region of the sky occupied by Capricornus, the Sea Goat, Aquarius, the Water Carrier, and Pisces, the Fishes, has been known as ...

Looking Up: Planets, moon make interesting show
Norwich Bulletin, CT - Sep 5, 2008
Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury also are beaming back the sun’s star light to our eyes. God forbid the sun would every cease its shining, but if it did, ...

See Trio of Planets at Sunset
Space.com - Aug 22, 2008
7, the Venus-Mercury-Mars grouping will resemble an isosceles triangle, with the Mars-Mercury and Mars-Venus sides measuring about 2.5 degrees in length and ...

Monthly Prediction for September
Sify, India - Sep 1, 2008
By Kamal Kapoor During this month you will be full of enthusiasm and zeal. It will be a good month for real estate, pharmacy, electrical and ...
Giant Jupiter Helps Make September A Real Gas
Washington Post, United States - Aug 30, 2008
By Blaine P. Friedlander Jr. At sunset, find this gaseous giant high in the south-southeast. With an apparent magnitude of negative 2.5, it will be visible ...

Houston Chronicle, United States - Sep 3, 2008
Mercury will be fading, and soon both Mercury and Mars will be lost in the twilight. Jupiter continues to hover above the stars of the teapot, ...http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/space/5982495.html

Your Month In The Stars
Glasgow Daily Record, UK - Aug 31, 2008
THERE'S a distinct upturn in mood this month, as two of the big boys decide to move things forward rather than hold us all back. As Jupiter and Pluto show a ...
Scorpius high in sky with autumn equinox Sept. 22
Honolulu Advertiser, HI - Aug 31, 2008
By Mike Shanahan The autumn equinox, which marks the start of fall, occurs at 5:45 am in Hawai'i on Sept. 22 (the vernal equinox, marking the start of ...
September brings equinox, view of Sagittarius, Jupiter
Arizona Republic, AZ - Aug 28, 2008
Night and day are of equal length on the equinox. Well, almost. If you live on the equator, they're the same length. As you move north or south, ...

The K7RA Solar Update
ARRL, CT - Sep 5, 2008
In a little over two weeks, the autumnal equinox (September 22) arrives -- the start of the fall season and a sweet spot for HF propagation. ...

Equinox brings brief balance as tilted Earth proceeds to fall
Maui News, HI - Aug 31, 2008
By Mike Shanahan For The Maui News The autumn equinox, which marks the start of fall, occurs at 5:45 am on Monday, Sept. 22. (The vernal equinox, marking ...

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