Monthly Stargazing Calendar for September 2015

Lunar Eclipse October 8, 2014. Photo by Tom Ruen. License: CC BY-SA 4.0.

Lunar Eclipse October 8, 2014. Picture by Tom Ruen. License: CC BY-SA 4.0.

On September 1 Neptune might be at opposition. This might be the perfect time to view and {photograph} Neptune as a result of it is going to be at its closest method to Earth and its face might be absolutely illuminated by the Solar. It will likely be brighter than another time of the 12 months, nevertheless it would solely seem as a tiny blue dot in all however probably the most highly effective telescopes, resulting from its excessive distance from Earth.

On September 4 Mercury might be at its biggest japanese elongation. The planet will attain an elongation of 27 levels from the Solar. That is the perfect time to view Mercury since it is going to be at its highest level above the horizon within the night sky. Search for it low within the western sky simply after sundown.

On September 13 there might be a partial photo voltaic eclipse. One of these eclipse happens when the Moon covers solely part of the Solar, generally resembling a chew taken out of a cookie. For security causes, an eclipse ought to solely be noticed with a particular photo voltaic filter or by trying on the Solar’s reflection. The partial eclipse will solely be seen in southern Africa, Madagascar, and Antarctica.

Partial Solar Eclipse 2015 September 13

On September 23 the September equinox will happen at 08:21 UTC. The Solar will shine straight on the equator and there might be almost equal quantities of day and night time all through the world. That is the primary day of fall (autumnal equinox) within the Northern Hemisphere and the primary day of spring (vernal equinox) within the Southern Hemisphere.

Lastly on September 28 there might be a whole lunar eclipse. One of these eclipse happens when the Moon passes utterly by means of the Earth’s darkish shadow, or umbra. Throughout this kind of eclipse, the Moon will steadily get darker after which tackle a rusty or blood purple shade. The eclipse might be seen all through most of North and South America, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Moreover, the Moon might be at its closest method to the Earth and should look barely bigger and brighter than ordinary, therefore known as a supermoon. This would be the closest full moon of the 12 months and additionally the second of three supermoons for 2015.

Total Lunar Eclipse 2015 September 28

Moon phases

As you understand, the moon has a huge impact on the visibility of celestial our bodies within the night time sky. So listed here are the moon’s phases for this month:

Moon Phases Calendar September 2015

Positions of the planets this month

Mercury: The closest planet to the Solar could be seen at daybreak and nightfall travelling throughout the constellation of Virgo. This planet, being the closest to the Solar, will seem to maneuver rapidly within the night time sky and its place will change within the following weeks.

Venus: The sister planet could be seen travelling throughout the constellations of Most cancers and Leo, not removed from Mars. Identical to Mercury, Venus can solely be seen at daybreak and nightfall.

Mars: The purple aircraftt could be seen in the constellation of Leo.

Jupiter: The fuel large is seen in the constellations of Leo. Jupiter can simply be noticed with the bare eye, even in extremely illuminated cities.

Saturn: The ringed large could be seen with the bare eye between the constellations of Scorpius and Libra.

Uranus: The fuel large could be seen in the constellation of Pisces with the usage of a telescope.

Neptune: The blue large requires a telescope pointed within the constellation of Aquarius as a way to be seen.

Main astronomical occasions subsequent month

  • October 1 – Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina seen to the bare eye.
  • October 8 – Draconids Meteor Bathe.
  • October 11 – Uranus at Opposition.
  • October 16 – Mercury at Biggest Western Elongation.
  • October 21, 22 – Orionids Meteor Bathe.
  • October 26 – Venus at Biggest Western Elongation.
  • October 26 – Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.
  • October 27 – Supermoon.
  • October 28 – Conjunction of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter


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