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  Sky Calendar -- September 2008
1 Moon near Venus at 16h UT (23° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. -3.8.
1 Moon near Mercury at 21h UT (evening sky). Mag. +0.0.
2 Moon near Mars at 3h UT (evening sky). Mag. +1.7.
3 Moon near Spica at 8h UT (evening sky).
4 Saturn at conjunction with Sun at 1h UT (not visible). Saturn passes into the morning sky.
7 Moon very near Antares at 3h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from western South America, Australia and New Zealand.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
7 Mercury 2.5° from Mars at 4h UT (27° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. +0.1 and +1.7.
7 First Quarter Moon at 14:04 UT.
7 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 15h UT (distance 404,214 km; angular size 29.6').
9 Moon near Jupiter at 21h UT (evening sky). Mag. -2.5.
10 Mercury, Venus, and Mars within 3.6° diameter circle at 8h UT (26° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. +0.2, -3.8, and +1.7.
11 Mercury at greatest elongation, 27° east from Sun (evening sky) at 4h UT. Mag. +0.2.
12 Venus 0.30° from Mars at 2h UT (26° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. -3.9 and +1.7.
15 Full Moon at 9:13 UT. The full Moon of September is called the Fruit Moon. It is also called the Harvest Moon.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
19 Venus 2.4° from Spica at 6h UT (evening sky).
20 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 3h UT (368,886 km; 32.4').
22 Last Quarter Moon at 5:04 UT.
22 September equinox at 15:44 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.
Equinox (Wikipedia)
23 Mercury 2.1° from Spica at 22h UT (22° from Sun, evening sky).
24 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 23h UT (morning sky).
29 New Moon at 8:12 UT. Start of lunation 1061.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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