EDITOR’S NOTE: Jeff Lane of Gloucester is a pharmacist and amateur astronomer with a lifelong love of learning. Here, he turns his eyes skyward to see what’s in store this month. “I enjoy making people aware and seeing parents and children take advantage of the free show we have if we simply look up,” he said.
September skies—Sept. 8, full moon; Sept. 24, new moon. Sept. 22 is the autumnal equinox. The equinox is when the day and night are of equal length. In other words, we will have the same number of daylight and nighttime hours.
In mid-September, about an hour before sunrise, Jupiter will be shining brightly in the east.
On Sept. 27, about an hour after sunset, if you look to the southwest, you will see Mars, Saturn, and a beautiful crescent moon.
September is a great time to start observing the sky as temperatures begin to drop and clearer conditions can be expected … and bugs are not as bothersome.
As autumn come...
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