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On the day of the equinox, the center of the sun would set about 12 hours after rising – given a level horizon, as at sea, and no atmospheric refraction.
This year’s Harvest Moon on September 16 happens to be an especially close and large full moon. Some will call it a supermoon. Notice that it’s very bright!
The sun will stay in front of the constellation Virgo until it passes in front of the constellation Libra on October 30.
Here’s one you might not know … the intriguing relationship between supermoons and the famous 18-year Saros cycle of eclipses.
A phenomenon known as a “minor lunar standstill” will cause a shift in characteristic moonrise times on the nights around this year’s Harvest Moon.
The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. No matter where you are on Earth, springtime or autumn is the best time to see it.
Take a dip in the Lagoon and Trifid nebulae on these September evenings, especially if you’re in a place where you can see the starlit band of the Milky Way.
If you were looking with the eye alone, how far away in space would our planet Earth still be visible?
August 27, 2016 was the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. Sky’s 2 brightest planets. Closest conjunction of any 2 planets in 2016.
See Mars, Saturn and the star Antares in a line on our sky’s dome. Photos here from the EarthSky community. Thanks to all who posted!
Moon nearing Jupiter, at ascending node
Orionid meteor in moonlight