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Marcy Curran

Visible planets and night sky September-October 2022

Visible planets late September-October. Jupiter reached opposition - closest in 70 years - in late September. It's the brightest "star" each evening now.

Moon by Castor and Pollux September 20 and 21

On the mornings of September 20 and 21, 2022, look for the moon by Castor and Pollux, also known as the Twin stars of the constellation Gemini.

Media we love: For All Mankind

Media we love: EarthSky editors recommend For All Mankind, an alternate history depicting what would have happened if the global space race had never ended.

Moon near Saturn on September 7 and 8

Look for the moon near Saturn on the evenings of September 7 and 8, 2022. Also, the arrowhead shape of stars by Saturn is the constellation Capricornus.

Mars oppositions from 2018 to 2033

Here's why Mars oppositions are sometimes awesome. 2022 is a good year for Mars, but 2020 was even better. The next great Mars opposition is in 2033.
Favorite Star Patterns

Teapot points to Milky Way center

As you gaze toward the famous Teapot asterism in the constellation Sagittarius, you're looking toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Moon near Jupiter, August 14 and 15 mornings

Catch the waning gibbous moon near Jupiter on the mornings of August 14 and 15, 2022. If you have binoculars, look for Jupiter's Galilean moons.

Saturn and Jupiter frame the moon, August 12

Catch the waning gibbous moon between Saturn and Jupiter overnight on August 12-13, 2022. You can see the trio all night until dawn brightens the sky.

See the moon approach Saturn on August 9 and 10

Watch a bright waxing gibbous moon approach Saturn on the evenings of August 9 and 10, 2022. Saturn is then in the faint constellation Capricornus.

Venus, Castor and Pollux line up on August 10

On the morning of August 10, 2022, notice our brightest planet, Venus, forming a line with the two bright Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux.