SCAS SEPTEMBER 2019 - Barb Yager

Lunar Timetable

New Moon Image
New Moon August 30th @ 6:20 am
First Quarter Moon Image
First Quarter Moon September 5th @ 11:24 pm
Full Moon Image
Full Moon September 14th @ 12:25 am
Last Quarter Moon Image
Last Quarter Moon September 21st @ 10:40 pm
New Moon Image
New Moon September 28th @ 2:22 pm




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 star gazing 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.


Clear Sky Clock



6 evening planets visible in equipment during the month. 4 of them visible naked eye. Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury.

01- At dusk, the young Moon lies to the right of Spica, in Virgo low in the SW.        They set early. Virgo, Spring Maiden, sets in the SW near the date of the Autumnal Equinox.
02/04- Aim binoculars to the crescent Moon covered by dark Earthshine. View a myriad of deep sky celestial objects across the south in Scorpius and Sagittarius--the center of our Galaxy.
03- The Moon drifts near the stars of Libra in SW.
04- Tonight the Moon leads huge Scorpius toward the SW. The Summer Milky Way arches from the Sagittarian Teapot to the Summer Triangle overhead. 150 billion stars twinkle in our Galaxy. 
05- FIRST QUARTER MOON occurs 11:24 p.m. and floats 4 degrees from Jupiter. 
07/08- The Moon cruises around Saturn in Sagittarius. Jupiter and Saturn set by Midnight.
09- Dim blue Neptune drifts closest to Earth at 2.7 billion miles. Neptune will be "brightest" all month. 
10- Tonight Neptune lies opposite the Sun (180 degrees apart). The outermost planet rises in SE by sunset and sets in the west at dawn.
14-  The huge Harvest Moon rises in the east by sunset and sets in the west at dawn. Abnormal high tides will occur along the shore. Colonial farmers harvested their crops by bright moonlight.
20- SCAS free program MONSTER BLACK HOLE 8 p.m. FIU Physics Bldg. CP-145 Main campus. Park in campus garage west side of SW 109 Ave./SW 8 St. Follow SCAS signs into CP-145.  
21- LAST QUARTER MOON occurs at 10:40 p.m. and rises after midnight.
28- NEW MOON occurs at 2:26 p.m. At dusk Mercury and brilliant Venus appear briefly on the western horizon.  Mercury lies 1.4 degrees above Spica at 7 p.m. 
29- Aim binoculars and cameras to the western horizon. The crescent Moon floats 4 degrees above Mercury (lower left) and Venus (lower right). They set very early.


Corvus, Crow brings Virgo onto the SW horizon. Arcturus (red giant star) sparkles in the west.
Hercules leads bright Vega and the vast Summer Triangle overhead. Cygnus, Swan soars within the Triangle. Scorpius crawls into the SW closely followed by the Sagittarian Teapot. Capricornus, Sea Goat plods into the south. The Summer Milky Way arches south to north. Fomalhaut twinkles low in the SE in Aquarius. Neptune sails across the SE in Aquarius. Pegasus, Winged Horse, climbs higher in the east. Blue-green Uranus, in Aries, rises in the east late evening.
The Royal Family arrives in NE: King Cepheus, Queen Cassiopeia, their daughter Andromeda and Perseus, Hero. Capella rises in the NE by midnight. The Big Dipper swings into NW. Winter stars appear after Midnight.



3 planets in morning twilight: Neptune, Uranus, Mars.

The Pleiades lead the parade of winter stars higher in the east: Taurus the Bull, Gemini Twins, Orion, Hunter, Procyon (Orion's Little Dog),  
06- At 3 a.m. the Moon lies 2 degrees from Jupiter.
10- Neptune becomes opposite the Sun at 3 a.m. It will be brightest and closest to Earth.
14- Harvest Moon is full at 12:25 a.m. The bright Moon rises in east by sunset and sets in in the west at dawn. Abnormal high tides will occur. 
20- Waning Moon floats 3 degrees from Aldebaran in the Hyades cluster in Taurus, Bull.
23- AUTUMNAL EQUINOX occurs at 3:50 a.m. Night and day hours are about equal for about a week as the southbound Sun crosses the Equator. The Sun rises due east and sets due west. Use caution when driving during those hours. The waning Moon forms a triangle with Gemini Twins. 
24/25- Aim binoculars and cameras as the crescent Moon glides across the Beehive star cluster.
25-27- A thin Moon drifts across Leo, Lion.
30- Before sunrise look for ruddy Mars on the eastern horizon. 
Zodiacal Light may be visible before dawn. A cone of diffused sunlight below the horizon shines on zillions of space particles. Visible from the eastern horizon to the Zenith for two weeks.






 Aries, Ram chases Pegasus, Winged Horse, onto the western horizon. The Royal Family swings into NW.  Orion, Hunter chases the Bull across the Zenith. The Gemini Twins stride toward the Zenith. Brilliant blue Sirius, in Orion's Big Dog, sparkles in SE. The Lion crawls onto the eastern horizon,  The Big Dipper appears in the NE.
 The WINTER STAR PARTY is scheduled for February 17th - 23rd. Look for your WSP reminder post card in the mail. Tickets go on sale soon.