Venus Comes Back for More, Canoodles With Crescent Moon
Venus and the moon are back at it again this weekend, with the crescent moon emerging from the black night sky, and the Evening Star reflecting its silvery light.
From some vantage points, sky gazers will be able to see the waxing crescent moon pass between Earth and Venus in an eclipse-type maneuver known as an occultation, Universe Today notes.
Check the skies low on the western horizon about 30 minutes after sunset on Sunday September 8, the Providence Journal says, for a glimpse of the two brightest objects in the night sky. If you can find a way to look sunward during the day, you might also see Venus, which is bright enough to be visible and is very near our star. In the evening it sets just after the sun does.
This will be a near-monthly occurrence for the next several lunar cycles, Space.com reports. It happened in July and August, though this month’s proximity is the more striking. Bonus: Spica to the right of the duo, and Saturn to their left, Space.com says.
It’s a month of unusual sky sights for those willing to squint, grab binoculars or access a telescope. On Monday September 9, Mars can be seen in front of the glittering Beehive star cluster, known by its official name of Messier 44, in morning pre-dawn light. The Red Planet is bright in the morning sky all month.
Moreover from the third to the 17th, also before morning twilight, the faint light reflecting off interplanetary debris will be visible, in a conical shape rising along the ecliptic, the space-news site says. Also, check for Jupiter as the brightest morning-sky object all month, Space.com says.
More obscure planets are also visible, Space.com says. Uranus is visible in the constellation Pisces most of the night, and Neptune in Aquarius.