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Sky at the glance

When you head outdoors tonight, take Sky & Telescope's podcast with you for a guided tour to the night sky. Learn what constellations are visible, find out where and when you'll see the planets, and catch each month's celestial highlights, from meteor showers to eclipses.
  1. Mars, in southern Capricornus, fades from magnitude –1.5 to –1.3 this last week of September, still as bright as Sirius. It shines highest in the south soon after dark and sets around 2 a.m.

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  2. The Moon hangs over Antares at nightfall on September 15th, as shown above. Far left of the Moon are Saturn, then Mars. To the Moon's lower right shines Jupiter.

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  3. Scorpius lies down in the south-southwest as night arrives. Its brightest star, Antares, appears about midway between Jupiter in Libra and Saturn in Sagittarius.

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  4. As twilight fades, spot Venus very low in the west-southwest. Upper right of it on September 1st, by just 1.3° is Spica, a 1st-magnitude star but less than 1% as bright as Venus. Can you see Spica naked-eye through the twilight?

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  5.   Friday, August 24 • For yet another week, four bright planets await your view at once as twilight fades. From right to left, they are Venus very low in the west-southwest, Jupiter in the southwest (upper left of Venus), Saturn in the south a little higher than Jupiter, and bright Mars lower in the south-southeast. Best view: about 40 minutes after sunset. Here's a wide-field image August 17th over […]

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