Saturn, via NASA

Saturn, via NASA
What’s that dazzling object in the west after sunset? It’s the planet Venus. Another planet, Saturn, is nearby. Info and charts here.

Moon rises ahead of Jupiter late night September 26.  Read more here.

Moon rises ahead of Jupiter late night September 26-27. Read more here.

Moon and Jupiter close midnight to dawn September 28.  Read more.

Moon and Jupiter close midnight to dawn September 28. Read more.

Moon, twin stars, two planets before dawn September 29. Read more

Moon, twin stars, two planets before dawn September 29. Read more

Best photos of moon and Venus on September 8

Two planets appear in the September evening sky all month: Venus and Saturn. Venus is many, many times brighter than Saurn. It is a dazzling object, beaming in the west at dusk, and setting roughly two hours after the sun in late September (at mid-northern latitudes). Saturn shines in the southwest sky at nightfall and stays out only about one and one-half hours after the sun by the month’s end.

Venus has been climbing upward from the sunset glare while Saturn has been falling toward it. It’s inevitable that the two would meet. They were in the same binocular field from September 15 to 21 and remain in the same part of the sky through the end of the month. Look here for best photos of Venus and Saturn at their closest.

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