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Guide to the Night Sky 2020
2020 Guide to the Night Sky

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  Sky Calendar -- September 2020
2 Full Moon at 5:22 UT.
6 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 6h UT. Mag. −1.9. Occultation visible from central South America.
Mars (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Mars (IOTA)
6 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 405,607 km; angular size 29.5').
9 Moon near the Pleiades at 0h UT (morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
9 Moon near Aldebaran at 18h UT (morning sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
10 Last Quarter Moon at 9:27 UT.
13 Moon near Castor (morning sky) at 0h UT.
13 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 5h UT.
13 Venus 2.3° S of Beehive cluster M44 (43° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. −4.1.
14 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (44° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
14 Moon, Venus and Beehive cluster M44 within a circle of diam. 4.4° (44° from Sun, morning sky) at 6h UT. Mag. −4.1.
14 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 7h UT. Mag. −4.1.
Venus (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Regulus (morning sky) at 19h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
17 New Moon at 11:00 UT. Start of lunation 1209.
18 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 13:55 UT (distance 359,082 km; angular size 33.3').
19 Moon near Mercury (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. −0.1.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 10h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
22 Mercury 0.3° NE of Spica (24° from Sun, evening sky) at 12h UT. Mags. 0.0.
22 September equinox at 13:32 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)
22 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 14h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
24 First Quarter Moon at 1:55 UT.
25 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 8h UT. Mag. −2.4.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
25 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. 0.4.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • US Pacific Daylight Time = UT − 7 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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