Jupiter, Saturn, and Other Highlights of the Night Sky for September
BY GERRY LEBING
Far and away, the
partial solar eclipse on August 21st was the most significant celestial
event of the month, if not the decade. Here in Waves, we
experienced a dimming of the skies and measured an 8 degree drop in
temperature. This is a sequence of shots I took using my
I also finally managed to get a decent shot of Saturn:
is the 6th furthest planet from the sun. It’s about 10 times further
from the sun then we are. It takes over 29 years to orbit the sun.
Saturn has 62 known moons. Saturn is composed of mostly hydrogen and
helium and is about 9 times the size of Earth.
What to Look for in September 2017
will be visible for about an hour near the western horizon just after
the sun goes down. It will appear to get closer and closer to the
setting sun as the month progresses.
Saturn will start the month in the SSW. It will be visible in the evening skies throughout September.
and Mars will both be visible near the Eastern horizon in the early
morning hours. If you are up that early and the skies are clear, you
might also get a view of Mercury. It rises at 5:52, followed by the
Sun at 6:34 AM.
Neptune and Uranus will be in the night skies throughout September.
Neptune rises as 7:34 PM on September 1, followed by Uranus at 9:29 PM.
major meteor showers peak during September. But, there are two minor
showers, the September Epsilon Perseids and the Southern Taurids that
have the potential to add a few shooting stars to the night skies.
1st Quarter is the 27th
Full Moon is the 6th
3rd Quarter is the 13th
New Moon is the 20th
Lebing is a retired computer scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey
in Washington, D.C. He has visited Hatteras Island since the
mid-1970s. He and his wife, Karen, have owned property here for several
years and moved to their home in Waves full-time in 2013.
Astronomy is a subject that Gerry says he has always been interested in
and one that he pursues seriously -- he's built an small observatory
next to his house. You can send him questions about the night sky
through e-mail, [email protected]g.)