Sky Watch: September 2013

August 30, 2013
Sky Watch

Here are the monthly sky watch highlights. Each month, we share the wonders of the universe to help you explore the night sky from your own backyard. (Note: Times listed below are ET.)

September 2013

by Bob Berman, as featured in
The 2014 Old Farmer's Almanac

Venus hovers just above blue Spica on the 6th and 7th. It stubbornly remains just 10 degrees high some 40 minutes after sunset but has brightened to magnitude –4.1. It is close to the Moon, with Spica just below and Saturn to the upper left, on the 8th. Saturn stands to the right of the Moon on the 9th and then hovers above Venus from the 15th to the 19th. Jupiter, brightening to magnitude –2.1 and rising ever earlier, clears the horizon around 1:00 A.M. and is well up for viewing during the predawn hours. It meets the Moon on the 28th and stands high up at dawn. The autumnal equinox brings fall at 4:44 P.M. on the 22nd.


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How come nothing about

How come nothing about Voyager I leaving our Solar System? It's reporting that outside our Solar System, deep space is "like" a "Thick Plasma".

Hi there, Our monthly Sky

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Hi there, Our monthly Sky Watch reports are courtesy of our annual edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac:
Sky Watch broadly highlights the visible planets and other astronomical events. For news: we tend to put this information in our weekly free Companion newsletters and on our Facebook page: Yes, we did report on Yoyager I as it's very exciting!

Since September is all but

Since September is all but over, I guess we aren't getting a sky map this month huh??

Sorry, John. The astronomer,

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Sorry, John. The astronomer, Jeff, has a family illness and apologizes. He offered mid-month but we think it's best he cares for his family and he will definitely be back in October--very soon!

Thanks, very true, family

Thanks, very true, family always does come first. GOD Bless you and his family....May the peace that passes all understanding be with them all.

I hear thers a comet coming

I hear thers a comet coming in couple months in Nov, will it be viewable from Georgia? If so will it be I'm the north south east or west sky? Any info would be great,I work alot and don't wanna miss it! Thanks

Comet ISON will pass near our

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Comet ISON will pass near our Sun’s surface on November 28. As comets are hard to predict, no one knows how bright it will be. It could fizzle or be quite a sensation. Stay tuned!

Where is our moon, we havn't

Where is our moon, we havn't seen it for 6 nights having checked every 2 hours through out the night ?
Even drove to the hilltop to view 2 moons aug. 26 th. the stars are visible, where is the moon ? please help , never had this happen before.

moon comes up in early AM and

moon comes up in early AM and sets around 3 pm

You may have an easier time

You may have an easier time finding it during the day as the new moon approaches, the moon rises after 2 am for the next few nights. She should return next week for your night time viewing pleasures

The 'two moons' story for

The 'two moons' story for August 26 was a hoax. If Mars came that close to the Earth, the effect on the tides may be disasterous

For several days each month,

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For several days each month, the Moon is too close to the Sun to be observed. This is the period called "New Moon," although a better description might be "NO Moon," because the Moon is not visible at these times. Trust me, the Moon is still there!

As October 2013 begins, we are entering a New Moon period, so the Moon will not be visible. By October 11, the First Quarter Moon will be visible low in the southwest after sunset, and by October 18, the Full Moon will be up all night long, rising in the East at sunset and setting in the West at dawn.

Jeff DeTray