This page shows a brief summary of what interesting things we can see in the sky this month.
A more detailed version of 'What's Up' this month is available as a downloadable Word document right at the bottom of this page.
The New Season starts here. Autumn will be with us this month, possibly the best time for observing, dark by nine yet still warm enough for comfort. In the East the Pleiades beckon and Orion peeks. Neptune will be at opposition on the 14th.
September 22nd marks the autumnal equinox, the time of year when the Sun appears on the celestial equator, moving southward.
The phases of the Moon are as follows:
Darkest nights for observing, due to lack of moonlight, will be from 4th to the 9th September.
Mercury is too close to the Sun for observation in the UK.
Venus is a brilliant evening object low down in the sunset, getting lower daily.
Mars is too close to the Sun to see this month.
Jupiter is visible all night in Capricorn.
Saturn is also visible all night in Capricorn. .
Uranus is in Cetus, and is visible all night,
Neptune is at opposition on 14th September, and visible all night.
Pluto is visible all evening in Sagittarius between Saturn and Jupiter.
First look in the West first and catch these before they set: