Current Night Sky: September 2019

The September Equinox occurs at 3:50 am EDT on September 23. 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.

The Moon & Planets: 
sky chart
autumnal equinox diagram
Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Venus, W
  • Mercury, W
  • Jupiter, SW
  • Saturn, S
  • Neptune, SE
  • Uranus, E
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Neptune, W
  • Uranus, SW

There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8 currently visible.


There are no major meteor showers in September.

Phases of the Moon: 
First Quarter Moon September 5 11:10 pm EDT
Full Moon September 14 12:33 am EDT
Last Quarter Moon September 21 10:41 pm EDT
New Moon September 28 2:26 pm EDT

Text, graphics, and animations by John Sheff. Graphics courtesy of Starry Night(©) Pro Plus 7 / Imaginova(©) Corp. Starry Night images are used with permission from Imaginova Corp. Starry Night is a registered trademark of Imaginova Corp. Star charts generated by Starry Night Pro Plus 7 © Imaginova Corp. All rights reserved.