Sky Events for:
September - 2020
Please note: Times are MDT time
MARS! This years Mars close approach (the best one of the 2020’s) will be on October 6th – so now is the time to get out and look at Mars. (No dust storms, as of the first of September)
Comet 88P/Howell. Discovered in August 1981, it has a 5.5 year period. Comet Howell, will reach magnitude 9 at perihelion on Sept. 26th. On the evenings of the 26th and 27th, the comet will pass approximately 1 degree north of Antares. (see drawing below). Positions shown are 6pm MDT.
Sat. 9/5 – 11pm. Mars .03 degrees S of Moon (Southern hemisphere will have an occultation).
Sun. 9/6 – 10pm. Uranus 3 degrees N of Moon.
Thurs. 9/10 – Last Quarter Moon
Sun. 9/13 – Jupiter reaches its’ second stationary point, and will begin it’s prograde (eastward) motion.
Mon. 9/14 – 1am. Double shadow transit on Jupiter.
Mon. 9/14 – 4 am. Eastern Sky – small crescent moon near Venus and the Beehive Cluster (M44).
Mon. 9/21 – 7:45pm. Beta Scorpii will be eclipsed by a waxing moon. The sky will still be somewhat bright, but the moon will be easy to find. Beta Scorpii is a double star (magnitudes 2.6 and 4.5). Hopefully clears skies will offer views of this event early in the evening.
Tues. 9/22 – 3am. Mercury .3 degrees N of Spica.
Tues. 9/22 - AUTUMN EQUINOX
Fri. 9/25 – 1am. Jupiter 1.6 degrees N of Moon
Fri. 9/25 – 3pm. Saturn 2 degrees N of Moon
Tues. 9/29 – Saturn reaches its’ second stationary point, and will begin its’ prograde (eastward) motion.
The gap between Jupiter and Saturn (now 8 degrees in longitude) will begin to close – until Dec. 21 conjunction. (zero gap).