¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending September 7, 2013
Venus is low in the west at sunset when September starts. It’s moving leftward each night and will be above the bright star Spica around the 5th. A crescent moon is left of the planet on the 8th. Saturn draws close to Venus until the ringed planet is above the goddess around the 13th and 14th. Venus continues to the left from there.
The Great Square of Pegasus is rising at sunset. Sagittarius is on the meridian.
Uranus, which will be at opposition on October 3, is rising at sunset too.
Jupiter is getting high in morning dawn. It’s in the middle of Gemini on the 1st with a waning crescent moon below it. Mars is further below and left. The red planet moves into Praesepe, or the Beehive, on the 9th. By that time, Jupiter has moved close to the star Mekbuda.
Mars continues heading toward the constellation Leo, more of which can be seen as September progresses. Meanwhile, Jupiter continues its movement toward a star named Wasat. The moon passes the big planet on the 28th. Then the moon is somewhat close to Mars on the 30th ...