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  Sky Calendar -- September 2005
1 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 406,213 km; angular size 29.4').
1 Venus 1.2° from Jupiter at 22h UT (39° from Sun, evening sky). Magnitudes -4.0 and -1.7, respectively.
3 New Moon at 18:45 UT. Beginning of lunation 1023.
6 Venus 1.7° from Spica at 13h UT (evening sky).
6 Moon near Jupiter at 22h UT (35° from Sun, evening sky). Jupiter mag. -1.7.
7 Moon, Venus and Jupiter within 5.2° diameter circle at 3h UT (38° from Sun, evening sky).
7 Moon near Spica at 6h UT (evening sky).
7 Moon very near Venus at 8h UT (40° from Sun, evening sky). Occultation visible from parts of Antarctica and southern Africa (daytime).
10 Moon very near Antares at 20h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from central Africa.
11 First Quarter Moon at 11:37 UT.
14 Saturn 1.2° from Beehive star cluster at 13h UT (45° from Sun, morning sky). Saturn mag. +0.3.
16 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 14h UT (distance 360,405 km; size 33.2').
18 Full Moon at 2:01 UT. The full Moon of September is called the "Fruit Moon" and, because this year it is the nearest to the September equinox, it is also the "Harvest Moon".
18 Mercury at superior conjunction at 2h UT (not visible). The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
22 Moon near Mars at 3h UT (morning sky). Mars mag. -1.5.
22 Moon very near the Pleiades at 18h UT (morning sky).
22 September equinox at 22:23 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point along the ecliptic where it crosses into the southern celestial hemisphere marking the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
25 Last Quarter Moon at 6:41 UT.
28 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 15h UT (distance 405,308 km; angular size 29.5').
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours)

Clear skies till next month!

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