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How to see five planets in the night sky during September



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It’s a planet party in the september sky.

NASA

After comet Neowise and that Perseid meteor shower Dazzled in July and August, September also has a lot to offer for skywatchers, with five planets visible in the night sky.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be out this month, but some are easier to spot than others.

Mars is already easy to find in the evening sky, and as NASA points out in the video below, it will also mingle with the moon in the cloudy sky on Sunday 6 September, which gives a pretty sight.

During the first weekend in September, Saturn and Jupiter will serve as an opening act for Mars. Look for the shining pair in the south next to the bright star Fomalhaut. They will be visible many nights at dusk until midnight, and Mars will appear a little later.

Venus has the nickname “the morning star” for good reason and it will shine in all its majesty in a number of graying skies as well. It will come quite close to what will then only be a small bit of a crescent on 14 September.

The trickiest planet to see will be the little mercury, which is an evening planet throughout September, according to EarthSky. This month will be the best time to see the planet all year round from the southern hemisphere, but this will require a little more effort north of the equator.

There are a number of great tools to help you know exactly where and when to look for each celestial body from your specific location. Stellarium, Sky Live and Heavens Above are among my favorites.

Happy look, and as always, get as far away from light pollution as possible and give your eyes some time to adjust to the darkness for best results.


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