Welcome to this month's 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 2014
by Bob Berman, as featured in The Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
The full Harvest Moon comes quite early this year on the night of the 8th. Learn more about the Harvest Moon.
The Moon and Uranus are very close together on the 10th; use binoculars to see the Green Planet in Pisces.
Optimally observe the Milky Way, splitting the sky from north to south, at nightfall from dark rural sites between the 15th and the 26th.
Watch for three fine late-month lunar conjunctions: On the 20th, the Moon meets returning Jupiter at 5:00 A.M.; on the 27th, it accompanies departing Saturn, just 10 degrees above the western horizon, and on the 29th, it visits the esoteric constellation Ophiuchus to hover right above magnitude 0.8 Mars at nightfall.
The equinox brings autumn on the 22nd at 10:29 P.M. See our Autumnal Equinox page.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of the 2015 Almanac here.
Sky Map September 2014
We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you're seeing when you look up!