Bright Planets and the Moon
Welcome to the Sky Watch for September 2019. Jupiter and Saturn can be found in the sky at nightfall and stay out until late night. Here are highlights of the night sky!
Sky Watch August 2019
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac
Venus, Mercury, and Mars are all lost in the sun’s glare this month, so it’s just the solar system’s two largest gas giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, on display.
The September Moon offers both an easy spectacle and a difficult challenge.
Moon, Jupiter, Saturn September 5, 6, 7
- The easy part is a series of conjunctions with brilliant Jupiter and bright Saturn at nightfall. You can’t miss it!
- The Moon floats to the right of Jupiter on the 5th, left of Jupiter on the 6th, right of Saturn on the 7th, and left of Saturn on the 8th.
Crescent Moon, Mercury, and Venus
- The visually challenging portion of the program occurs on the 29th, when the thin crescent Moon, very low in the west soon after sunset, forms a triangle with Mercury to its lower left and bright returning Venus to its lower right.
The 2019 Autumnal Equinox
- Autumn begins with the equinox on the 23rd, at 3:50 A.M. Eastern Time (7:50 UTC). Around the equinox, the sun is overhead at noon for people at Earth’s equator. See the Autumnal Equinox page for all the facts.
Go to the Almanac rise/set calculator to find out when the Moon and planets rise and set in your sky.