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Best Skywatching Events in September 2019

Best Skywatching Events in September 2019

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System September is here and it is time to get ready for a new skywatching lineup. As summer comes to an end, there are many celestial events you do not want to miss this month, including a crescent moon, a “disappearing” Mars, and the Fall equinox.Over the next 30 days, you’ll get to see gorgeous moon views, a sky without the Red Planet, and changing daylight hours, according to NASA. All you need is a telescope and a comfortable chair to enjoy September’s sky delights.Crescent MoonThe crescent moon takes a fuller shape from September 1 to September 5. (Photo Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)NASA says we’re in a several-month period when the new moon occurs around the end of each month, meaning we get to witness a waning crescent moon at dusk for the first few days of September and a waxing crescent moon in the predawn sky near the end of September.This month, look low in the west roughly 30 minutes after sunset to see the crescent moon from September 1 to September 4, with the moon looking slightly higher in the sky each night. By Sept. 5, the first half-full (first-quarter) moon will show up in the same spot and ascend toward Jupiter.From September 23 to September 27, you can look east half an hour before dawn for a slimmer crescent moon, which will appear lower in the sky each day.Where Did Mars Go?In September, Mars will not be visible from Earth due to solar conjunction. (Photo Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)Mars was a regular neighbor in the night sky until July, when it drifted further into the sun’s glare and “disappeared” from our sky. In September, Mars is behind the sun and this bizarre event is known as solar conjunction.According to NASA, solar conjunction occurs roughly every two years. During this period, mission controllers on our planet stop sending commands to spacecraft, so they can avoid potential radio interference from the sun. A few weeks later, the Red Planet will move farther apart from the sun and normal spacecraft communications will resume at this time.If you would like to catch a glimpse of Mars again, it will come back to the night sky in early November.Autumnal EquinoxThis image shows how Earth is positioned around the sun during the September equinox. (Photo Credit: NASA / GSFC / Genna Duberstein)The September equinox will take place on Sept. 23, with day and night being equal length during this celestial event. Fall will start in the Northern Hemisphere, while summer will start in the Southern Hemisphere.NASA says the reduction in the number of sunlight hours each day leads to the cold weather that occurs in fall and winter.It may be the end of pool parties and beach days, but longer nights mean there will be more opportunities to watch the sky during the cooler months!More on Geek.com:India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram Lander Splits From Moon OrbiterWatch: Incredible Views of Hurricane Dorian From Space StationNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Gets Assembled in Californialast_img read more

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