Current Night Sky: September 2018

The September Equinox occurs at 9:54 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.

The Moon & Planets: 
Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus
Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Venus, SW
  • Jupiter, SW
  • Saturn, S
  • Mars, S
  • Neptune, E
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Neptune, W
  • Uranus, SW
  • Mercury, E

There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8 visible this month.


There are no major meteor showers in September.

Phases of the Moon: 
Last Quarter Moon September 2 10:37 pm EDT
New Moon September 9 2:01 pm EDT
First Quarter Moon September 16 7:15 pm EDT
Full Moon September 24 10:52 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.