Fri., Sept. 2 6:08 7:13
Sat., Sept. 3 6:09 7:12
Sun., Sept. 4 6:10 7:10
Mon., Sept. 5 6:11 7:09
Tues., Sept. 6 6:12 7:07
Wed., Sept. 7 6:13 7:05
Thurs., Sept. 8 6:14 7:03
Fri., Sept. 9 6:15 7:02
A crescent moon appears tonight in the southern sky. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Libra. Tomorrow night, the moon is even lower, appearing in the constellation Scorpius. The moon is in the first quarter on Sunday night.
On Monday night the moon is gibbous and in the constellation Sagittarius.
Three visible planets are stretched out across our night sky. There is a planet to view early in the evening, late at night and early in the morning. The ringed-planet Saturn is slipping away and now appears low in the southwestern sky after sunset. The yellowish planet, one of the brightest in the west, is in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.
Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system and the brightest planet visible, rises at 11 p.m. Jupiter is in the zodiacal constellation Aries. For those up late, it is truly a bright object rising in the east. Jupiter is 393 million miles away, four times farther away from the earth than the sun and it is getting closer. Jupiter outshines all other objects in the night, except the moon.
Jupiter is better placed for viewing later in the fall, when it rises earlier in the evening. The red planet Mars appears low in the eastern sky after 2 a.m. Mars is in the zodiacal constellations Gemini and moving into Cancer.