In the September 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in this month’s night sky; check back each month for updates on the planets, Moon phases, Full Moon, conjunctions, meteor showers, solstices, equinoxes, and eclipses, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Watch September 2016
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac. (Note: Times listed below are ET.)
September highlights of the night sky:
- Neptune comes closest to Earth on the 1st, with an opposition on the 2nd in Aquarius. A small telescope reveals its blue disk and its strange, backward-orbiting satellite, Triton.
- The Moon is to the upper left of Venus on the 3rd, above Saturn on the 8th, and to the upper left of Mars on the 9th, before passing to the left of Neptune on the 15th.
- Mars, still bright at magnitude –0.2, is increasing its eastward speed passing through Ophiuchus.
- The 22nd brings the equinox and autumn at 10:21 A.M.
- Look for Mercury’s best morning star appearance from the 24th to the 30th.
- On the 29th, Mercury hovers above the crescent Moon.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Map September 2016
We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!