Diary of Astronomical Phenomena for September

Diary of Astronomical Phenomena for September 2019
For the star map click here
For the Star Gazing in September click here

Though the monsoon will still be active in September and we may expect a few showers, it is time to get ready for star gazing. The period soon after the rain can actually be very good for observations. The rain would have wash away the smog in the atmosphere; and the moist ground reduces the probability of dust being thrown into the atmosphere.

 

List of Events
Sep	 h  m
01 Su		Venus: 5.2° E
02 Mo	15:48	Mars Conjunction
04 We	06:56	Mercury Superior Conj.
06 Fr	08:40	First Quarter
06 Fr	12:22	Moon-Jupiter: 2.4° S
08 Su	15:09	Moon South Dec.: 22.5° S
08 Su	19:23	Moon-Saturn: 0°
08 Su	23:05	Moon Descending Node
10 Tu	11:48	Neptune Opposition
13 Fr	19:02	Moon Apogee: 406400 km
14 Sa	10:03	Full Moon
20 Fr	21:44	Moon-Aldebaran: 2.8° S
22 Su	08:11	Last Quarter
23 Mo	07:24	Moon North Dec.: 22.7° N
23 Mo	12:00	Moon Ascending Node
23 Mo	13:19	Autumnal Equinox
25 We	02:45	Moon-Beehive: 0.4° S
28 Sa	07:57	Moon Perigee: 357800 km
28 Sa	23:56	New Moon



The autumnal equinox takes place on the 23rd at 7:24 IST. On this day the sun’s rays fall perpendicular to the axis of the Earth. This has led to the common misconception that on this day the duration of day and night are equal all over the Earth but that is not true. One can check this by noting down the rising and setting times of the Sun from the local newspapers.

The ‘equinox’ days for the four Indian metros are as follows: Delhi September 27; Kolkata September 28; Mumbai September 29; and Chennai October 02.

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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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