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Bruce McClure

Moon sweeps near Saturn and Mars September 17 to 19

On September 17, 18 and 19 – as soon as darkness falls – let the moon serve as your guide to 2 bright and beautiful planets, Saturn and Mars.

Moon, Jupiter and star Antares September 13 to 15

From September 13 to 15, 2018, let the moon guide your eye to the king planet Jupiter and the red supergiant star Antares.

Moon, Venus, Jupiter September 11 to 13

These next several days – September 11, 12 and 13, 2018 – look westward to spot the crescent moon, plus the planets Venus and Jupiter in the evening twilight.

Will you catch the young moon on September 10?

Africa and South America – and islands in the South Atlantic – have the best shot at tonight’s young moon. Easier, generally, in the Southern Hemisphere than the Northern. If you miss it, look tomorrow!

Neptune opposite the sun September 7

We were closest to Neptune for 2018 yesterday. Neptune’s opposition – when it’s 180 degrees from the sun on the sky’s dome – is today. You need optical aid to spot it. Links to charts here.

Meet the Gemini “twins” before sunup on September 5 or 6

There are many bright stars up before the sun now, but the moon can help you find Castor and Pollux.

Catch Venus, Jupiter, Arcturus at dusk

Look west at dusk throughout September, 2018, for a bright celestial threesome. In order of brightness, they are Venus, Jupiter and the star Arcturus.

September guide to the bright planets

In September 2018, 4 planets continue to arc across the evening sky. From west to east as darkness falls, these bright worlds are Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

Moon moves through Taurus the Bull

Let the moon be your guide to the constellation Taurus the Bull in early September, 2018. Then use Orion’s Belt to locate Taurus when the moon moves away.

Andromeda galaxy, nearest large spiral

The Andromeda galaxy is the closest big galaxy to our Milky Way. It’s a spiral galaxy, like ours. At 2.5 million light-years, it’s the most distant thing you can see with your eye alone.