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In The Sky

We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com

Below is a list of dates with notable events for the coming weeks in September 2018

  • 3rd Moon close to Aldebaran in Taurus in the dawn sky in the east
  • 6th Moon in Gemini below Castor and Pollux
  • 7th Southern Taurid meteor shower until 19th November.
  • 12th Moon north of Spica in Virgo.
  • 13th Moon close to Jupiter around 830pm in the SW
  • 14th Moon close to Jupiter around 830pm in the SW
  • 15th Alpha Aurigid meteor shower peaks
  • 17th Moon close to Saturn in the South 530pm
  • 19th Moon close to Mars SSE 530pm
  • 20th Moon and Mars set together at 1am in the South.
  • 30th Moon close to Aldebaran SW 530am

Moon: Sets aboit 1015pm mid month

Sun: Rises 642am Sets 723pm

Planets:

Mercury - very low in the east around 5am for the first week in September.

Venus - (-4.6) - low down after sunset in Virgo disappearing around the 4th.

Mars - (-2.1 to -1.3) - back in Capricornus after its brief u-turn in Sagittarius and sets by 0030am.

Jupiter - (-1.9 to -1.8) - moves eastwards in Libra in the evening sky. it will be setting around 8pm by the end of the month.

Saturn - (0.4 to 0.5) - remains in Sagittarius and sets by 10pm

Uranus - (5.7) retrograding very slowly in Aries

Neptune - (7.8) retrograding very slowly in Aquarius. should be visible for the first half of the month.

Meteor Showers:

Alpha Aurigids - Second peak 15th September. only around 10 meteors per hour but they are bright and easy to photograph. Activity extends into October.

Southern Taurid - from 7th September to 19th November. Not frequent but produces very bright fireballs. 

The number of sporadic meteors its highest rate than at any other time during the year. 

Constellations:


South:

The Summer Triangle - now high in the south west 

Great Square of Pegasus - high in the south east

Below Pegasusare Capricornus and Aquarius

Pisces is now visible to the east of Aquarius.

Pleiades in the east

North:

Ursa Major low in the North. 

Taurus visible in the east and north east

Andromeda visible in the east

Aries below Andromeda

Hyades in the east

South:

Taurus - E 

Aries - E 

Andromeda - Almach, M31 - E 

Triangulum - E 

Pisces - ESE 

Cetus - Diphda - E to SE 

Pegasus - Alpheratz - SE 

Piscis Austrinus - Fomalhaut - S 

Aquarius - S 

Cygnus - S 

Delpinus - S 

Capricornus - Algedi - S 

Sagittarius - S 

Sagitta - SW 

Aquila - Altair - SW 

Serpens Cauda - SW 

Lyra - Vega - W 

Hercules - W 

Ophiuchus - W 

Serpens Caput - W 

Draco - W 

Corona Borealis - W 

Bootes - Arturus - W 


North:

Lyra - Vega - W 

Hercules - W 

Ophiuchus - W 

Serpens Caput - W 

Corona Borealis - W 

Bootes - Arcturus - NW 

Draco - NW 

Cepheus - N 

Ursa Minor - Pole Star (Polaris) - N 

Ursa Major - Mizar, Plough - N 

Cassiopeia - Caph, Tsih, Shedir - NE 

Perseus - Algol - NE 

Auriga - Capella, M38, M36, M37 - NE 

Andromeda - M31, Alpheratz - E 

Triangulum - E 

Aries - E 

Cetus - E 

Taurus - Aldebaran - E 

Pisces - E

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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