The First Quarter Moon Skims Past Mars

 

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September 9th, 2016

The Moon reaches first quarter today and skims by the planet Mars. As with Saturn last night, if you live in the southern hemisphere you should have a fine view as these worlds hang high in the sky above the western horizon.

And once again, if you live in the United Kingdom, the opposite is unfortunately true; with the Moon and planets passing through the southerly constellations, you’ll need a very clear view of the south-western horizon to glimpse even Saturn in the evening twilight.

Observers in North America should get a clear view but the Moon will have already passed the planets by the time the sun sets. From this point on the Moon will continue to wax but there are few visible events until the penumbral eclipse comes around on the 16th.

 

Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.)

 

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Easy Things to See With a Small Telescope

2016: An Astronomical Year 2016: The Night Sky Sights The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) The Deep Sky Observer’s Guide

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