Do you ever look up at the night sky? Its littered with extraordinary sights, and pretty mind-blowing to know stars, and planets and galaxies that exist far beyond our little world is happening right now. To catch a glimpse of some of the enigmas of the universe is an amazing experience. In case you’re interested, here are some of the celestial happenings going on this month.
September 11 – Neptune at Opposition. The blue giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Neptune.
September 17 – New Moon. The Moon will be positioned on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 11:00 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
September 22 – September Equinox. The September equinox occurs at 13:30 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is also the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.