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The Night Sky this September! 3 Sep 2023 What to look out for in the night sky from Eynsham.

The Night Sky in September!

This is not intended to be comprehensive - it is a quick guide to help you find a few things in the night sky without any equipment - just your eyes.

All of these are very bright and easy to find when walking around the village.

The planets

Venus and Mercury are now morning objects in the east. They are easier to see in the middle of the month onwards.They are rising before sunrise - so be carefull if you do use binoculars - do not use these at sunrise as you will damage your eyes.

Saturn rises at sunset in the east and can be seen all of the night during September - travels in the southern sky and sets in the west at sunrise. Jupiter rises about 10pm in the East. 

The Moon is full on the 29th rising about 9:30pm in the East. It is also a super moon meaning that it is nearer to the earth and will look slightly bigger. It will be close to the horizon - giving it an illusion that it is bigger.

There are a few International Space Staion Passes - there is a bright one starting at 8.08pm on the 23rd. 

I have made or found the following charts to help you find: -

  • Mercury and Venus
  • 4th Sept Moon and Jupiter
  • 5th Venus and Orion
  • 23rd Space Station pass
  • 26th Moon and Saturn
  • The Moon Phases
  • The Moon Illusion
  • Plus a star chart


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