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  Sky Calendar -- September 2015
1 Moon 1.6° ESE of Uranus (138° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Occultation visible from New Zealand. Mag. +5.7.
Occultation of Uranus (IOTA)
4 Mercury at greatest elongation, 27° east of Sun (evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. +0.2. Brightest object, low in western sky after sunset.
4 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 11h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
5 Moon very near Aldebaran (92° from Sun, morning sky) at 6h UT. Occultation visible from parts of eastern North America.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
5 Last Quarter Moon at 9:54 UT.
8 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 15h UT.
9 Moon near Beehive cluster (39° from Sun, morning sky) at 18h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 6h UT. Mag. -4.5.
10 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 21h UT. Mag. +1.8.
11 Moon near Regulus (18° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT.
12 Moon near Jupiter (12° from Sun, morning sky) at 4h UT.
13 New Moon at 6:41 UT. Start of lunation 1147.
13 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 6:54 UT (greatest). Visible from parts of southern Africa and Antarctica. Begins at 4:41, ends at 9:06 UT.
Eclipses of 2015 (NASA)
Partial Solar Eclipse of 2015 September 13 (GIF) (NASA)
14 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 406,464 km; angular size 29.4').
15 Moon near Mercury (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. +0.7.
16 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 3h UT.
19 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. +0.6.
19 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 22h UT.
20 Venus at its brightest at 21h UT. Mag. -4.5.
21 First Quarter Moon at 8:59 UT.
23 September equinox at 8:21 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)
25 Mars 0.78° NNE of Regulus (32° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mags. +1.8 and +1.3.
28 Total Eclipse of the Moon begins at 2:11 UT and ends at 3:23 UT. Mid-eclipse at 2:48 UT. Partial phases begin at 1:07 UT and end at 4:27 UT. The Moon will appear red-orange in color during totality (the color of Earth's sunsets).
Eclipses of 2015 (NASA)
Total Lunar Eclipse of 2015 September 28 (PDF) (NASA)
28 Full Moon at 2:50 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
28 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 2h UT (356,877 km; angular size 33.5').
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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