Jupiter and Neptune will join the full moon in the night sky on Saturday (September 10).
The full moon It will be visible at 5:58 AM ET (0958 GMT) on Saturday (September 10). The moon is visible for most of the night at this time of the month, rising near dusk and setting just before dawn. The moon officially becomes a full moon when it appears in the sky exactly opposite from the sun (180 degrees from).
The full moon of September is called Harvest Moon In the northern hemisphere, where this full moon is located near autumnal equinox, which traditionally marks the beginning of the harvest season. This month, the full moon will also appear in the sky near two of its celestial companions in our solar system, Jupiter and Neptune.
Jupiter It will appear especially bright this month because it is in a confrontation, which means that the Earth is between the giant planet and the sun. Jupiter will be bright enough throughout the month to be visible to the naked eye, but it will provide a great view through binoculars or a backyard telescope. Jupiter will appear about 8 degrees to the left of the moon at midnight, then turn around 6 degrees above the moon by 5:47 a.m. EDT (0947 GMT), the Guardian reports. NASA’s Daily Sky Observation Guide (Opens in a new tab). (The fist at arm’s length corresponds to approximately 10 degrees in the sky.)
Neptune will also appear in the sky, although the distant ice giant will not be as bright and visible as Jupiter. Neptune It will rise just after 10:00 PM EST (0200 GMT on September 11) and will move west across the sky toward the southeast stars from constellation Aries. The planet will be about 4.5 degrees northwest of the Moon, but another way to spot Neptune is to look for the bright average star 20 fish a few fingers across from the Moon above the Moon. Neptune will be to the west of it.
Neptune will be somewhat faint with a magnitude of 7.8, and it will make it even more difficult to see a bright full moon; Neptune will be somewhat brighter on the following nights and will be at its best when it reaches opposition on Friday, September 16th.
You can check out our guides for best binoculars and the The best telescopes To discover Harvest Moon, Jupiter, Neptune or any other celestial bodies in the night sky. If you’re hoping to take a good picture of the moon, check out our recommendations for the best astrophotography cameras And the Best lenses for astrophotography.
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