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  Sky Calendar -- September 2006
1 Moon very near Antares at 1h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from southern South America and Antarctica.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
1 Mercury at superior conjunction at 5h UT (not visible). The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
6 Venus 0.7° from Regulus at 3h UT (13° from the Sun, morning sky). Mags. -3.9 and +1.4.
7 Moon very near Uranus at 15h UT (midnight sky). Mag. +5.7. Occultation visible from Australia.
7 Full Moon at 18:42 UT. The full Moon of September is called the "Fruit Moon". "Harvest Moon" next month.
Harvest Moon (Wikipedia)
7 Partial Lunar Eclipse at 18:51 UT (mid-eclipse). Visible from India, Asia and Australia.
Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2006 September 7 (NASA)
8 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 3h UT (357,175 km; 33.5').
12 Moon near the Pleiades at 20h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from east Europe and west Asia.
Occultation of the Pleiades (IOTA)
14 Last Quarter Moon at 11:15 UT.
16 Moon near Pollux at 23h UT (evening sky).
18 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 3h UT (48° from Sun, morning sky).
19 Moon near Saturn at 4h UT (morning sky).
22 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 5h UT (distance 406,500 km; angular size 29.4').
22 New Moon at 11:45 UT. Beginning of lunation 1036.
22 Annular Solar Eclipse visible along a narrow path from northern South America, across the Atlantic, ending southeast of Africa from about 8:40 to 13:29 UT. Partial solar eclipse visible from eastern South America and southern Africa. WARNING: NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN -- it will instantly damage your eyes! Instead, use a pinhole in a card to project the Sun's image onto a surface.
Annular Solar Eclipse of 2006 September 22 (NASA)
23 September equinox at 4:06 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)
26 Moon near Jupiter at 13h UT (44° from Sun, evening sky).
28 Mercury 1.1° from Spica at 0h UT (19° from Sun, evening sky).
30 First Quarter Moon at 11:04 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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