Welcome to the September 2015 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. We’ll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch September 2015
by Bob Berman, as featured in The Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
- Neptune, in its closest approach of the year, is in opposition on September 1. Read more about Neptune.
- Mars, Jupiter, and Venus have crossed into the morning sky, but only Venus is easily seen at dawn, as it rapidly rises higher each morning. It hovers just to the upper right of the waning crescent Moon in the wee hours of the 10th.
- The autumnal equinox brings the start of autumn on the 23rd at 4:21 A.M. Saturn gets lower each evening in the southwest at dusk. Read more about the first day of fall 2015.
- The year’s best eclipse for North American viewers unfolds on the 27th; the partial phase begins at 9:07 P.M., when the Moon enters Earth’s umbral shadow. Mid-eclipse will be seen at 10:47 P.M. See our eclipse page.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac—just released!
Sky Map September 2015
We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!