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SCAS SEPTEMBER 2020 - Compiled by Barb Yager
Full Moon September 2nd @ 1:22 am
Last Quarter Moon September 10th @ 5:26 am
New Moon September 17th @ 7:00 am
First Quarter Moon September 23rd @ 9:55 pm
METEOR SHOWERS THIS MONTH
NO MAJOR METEOR SHOWERS THIS MONTH
Here are some tips on how to maximize your time looking for meteors and fireballs during December:
- Get out of the city to a place where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing
- If you are out viewing the shower during its peak, you will not need any special equipment. You should be able to see the shower with your naked eyes.
- Carry a blanket or a comfortable chair with you - viewing meteors, just like any other kind of stargazing is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable. Plus, you may not want to leave until you can't see the majestic celestial fireworks anymore.
BRIGHT COMETS THIS MONTH
Comet 88P/ Howell
Comet 88P/ Howell is expected to reach peak brightness around the 15 September, 2020 at magnitude 8. The comet will then reach perihelion on 15 September, 2020.
PlanetsMars rises mid evening; Saturn & bright Jupiter in the south; Neptune rises by nightfall;
Astronomy/Sky & Telescope magazines
Abrams Planetarium, MSU
PlanetsBrilliant Venus rises 3 a.m.; Uranus, Neptune, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter arch across the south.
02- The FULL CORN MOON occurs 1:22 a.m. and lies 4 degrees below Neptune. Summer solstice occurs on Mars which reduces the polar caps on the Martian surface.