Diary of Astronomical Phenomena for September

Diary of Astronomical Phenomena for September 2013
For the star map click here
For the Star Gazing in September click here

Jupiter is now well above the eastern horizon just before the crack of dawn and Mars too can be spotted right above the horizon in the same direction.

From 1st to 3rd of September the crescent Moon can be seen sliding past these two planets. Then again on 28th of nearly half illuminated moon can be seen to the Northwest of Jupiter.

Western sky at the sunset has Saturn, Spica (Chitra) and Venus, in that order from top to horizon. On Sep 5, Venus pairs up with Spica.  Three days later on 8th thin lunar crescent is right below Spica and Venus. Next day on 9th it can be seen right below Saturn.  On 18th Venus is  less than three and half degrees from Saturn.

This list of astronomical phenomena is generated using Occult V4.0.9 
by David Herald of International Occultation Timing Association.

 d  h (time in UT)
 2     Minima of Algol 03:01 IST
 4 10  Regulus 5.2N of Moon 
 4     Minima of Algol 23:50 IST         
 5 11  NEW MOON                       
 6  2  Venus 1.6N of Spica            
 6 10  Mercury 4.5N of Moon           
 8 14  Spica 0.7S of Moon        
 8 20  Venus 0.5N of Moon           
 9 15  Saturn 2.3N of Moon            
12 17  FIRST QUARTER                  
12 18  Moon furthest South (-19.7)    
14  1  Pluto 1.4S of Moon             
15 16  Moon at perigee                
17 19  Neptune 5.3S of Moon
18 20  Venus 3.5S of Saturn
19 11  FULL MOON 
20  5  Pluto stationary
20 12  Uranus 3.1S of Moon
22     Minima of Algol 04:42 IST
22 20  Equinox
25     Minima of Algol 01:30 IST
25  1  Mercury 0.7N of Spica
25  3  Aldebaran 2.8S of Moon
26  0  Moon furthest North (19.6)
27     Minima of Algol 22:19 IST
27 17  Moon at apogee
28  7  Jupiter 4.8N of Moon

Phases of the Moon (timings in IST hh:mm)
New moon:       05-Sep-2013  17:06
First quarter:  12-Sep-2013  22:38
Full moon:      19-Sep-2013  16:43
Last quarter:   27-Sep-2013  09:26

Mercury: moves from Leo, the Lion (Simha) to Virgo, the Virgin (Kanya) on Sep 5

Venus: moves from Virgo, the Virgin (Kanya) to Libra, the Scales (Tula) on 18th

Mars: moves from Cancer, the Crab (Karaka) to Leo, the Lion (Simha) on 25th. From 8 to 10 Sep it passes through beehive open cluster

Jupiter: remains in Gemini, the Twins (Mithun) this month

Saturn: moves from Virgo, the Virgin (Kanya) to Libra, the Scales (Tula) on on 2nd sept

The Sun moves from Leo, the Lion (Simha) to Virgo, the Virgin (Kanya)  16th of September


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I am the present Director of Nehru Planetarium of Nehru Centre Mumbai, India I like to talk about astronomy and sky observations to general public.
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