The moon in a cluster of planets, Mercury at greatest elongation right next to a bright star, and an equinox. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending September 6, 2014
September 2014 starts with a fat crescent moon passing between Saturn and Mars. The ringed and red planets are in Libra visible in the southwest after sunset. Vega in Lyra is high overhead from middle northern latitudes. The Great Square in Pegasus is rising.
Mars is moving eastward into Scorpio. On the 18th, it’s just 0.5° north of Dschubba. You’ll find the red planet 3.2° north of Antares on the 29th and the moon passes by it again on the 30th. At the end of the month, Saturn is still in the middle of Libra.
The moon will pass in front of Saturn on the 28th. Prime viewing is in the northern Pacific Ocean.
Mercury is at greatest elongation 26.4° east of the sun on the 21st. It just happens to be passing about 0.5° south of Spica around the same time. Unfortunately for most northern hemisphere observers, the planet and star will set shortly after the sun does. They are higher above the sun for ...