The Night Sky in September

For more details please consult – Astronomy – Sun – Moon – Eclipses (timeanddate.com) and In-The-Sky.org

Overview – September sees the return of reasonably dark skies at a good time of the night, both evening and morning. It is now possible to see a few constellations of object of the Autumn Sky – after 10pm.

The Moon –  First Quarter 3rd September at 1907BST. Full Moon 10th September 1059. Last Quarter 17th September 2232 and New Moon 25th September 2254

The Planets – Sunrise on 15th September is at 0631 and sets at 1931 BST

      Mercury         Venus            Mars              Jupiter            Saturn            Uranus

Rise     0829              0539             2157              1950                1839              2048

 Set      1919              1925             1452              0804                0324              1232

In summary – Mercury and Venus are too close to the Sun in September. Mars is visible from around midnight until 0500. Jupiter is close to opposition in September and so is visible throughout the hours of darkness. Saturn is visible from evening twilight [2100] until around 0200. Uranus will be visible from around 10pm until 0630.

Meteor Showers  –  September 1st – the Aurigids – a minor shower. Usually only 5 per hour but occasionally can provide an outburst in some years – best seen after midnight once the Moon has set. September 9th – Epsilon Perseids – much less prolific than their August cousins but still may see 5 per hour. Full Moon will interfere.

Bright Comet   Objects in your sky: Comets – In-The-Sky.org There are no bright Comets on view, Comet C/2017 K2 PANSTARRS is fading below 9th magnitude.

Other phenomena to look out for: The Noctilucent Clouds season is still active and 2022 has been a very good year for spotting the Tricky Lady [Northern Lights] too. If you have a Solar Filter check out the daily changes to Sunspots.

Night Sky View – Jupiter and Saturn are nicely placed with Mars just starting to rise in the NE. M31 is in a nice location for viewing and the many deep sky objects in Cygnus, Perseus and Auriga are also nicely placed for viewing/imaging.