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Current Night Sky: September 2014 What's New

The Sky at a Glance

The September Equinox occurs at 10:29 pm EDT on September 22. This represents the instant the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way south. By convention, it is considered the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere and of spring in the southern hemisphere.

Phases of the Moon
First Quarter Moon September 2 7:11 am EDT
Full Moon September 8 9:38 pm EDT
Last Quarter Moon September 15 10:05 pm EDT
New Moon September 24 2:14 am EDT

The Moon & Planets

In the predawn hours of September 20, Jupiter rises with the waning crescent Moon to its lower right. In the evening sky on the 27th, a waxing crescent Moon lies to the lower right of Saturn. On the 29th, the lunar crescent lies about 5° above Mars.

Evening Planets (after sunset)

  • Mercury, W
  • Mars, SW
  • Saturn, SW
  • Neptun, SE
  • Uranus, E

Visible at Midnight

  • Mars, W
  • Neptune, S
  • Uranus, SE

Morning Planets (before sunrise)

  • Uranus, SW
  • Venus, E
  • Jupiter, E

There are no comets visible brighter than magnitude 8.


There are no significant meteor showers in September.

When Will Saturn Return?

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