Which planets will light up the September sky? • Earth.com

Which planets will light up the September sky?


Today’s Video of the Day from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reveals all of the planets that will be visible across the night sky during the month of September.

Venus can be seen through binoculars or a telescope just after sunset. Over the course of the month, the planet will transform from a half phase to a thinner and larger crescent.

Saturn and Mars will also be visible just after the Sun goes down in the southwest region of the sky.

Mercury can be found just above Earth’s eastern horizon shortly before sunrise, while Neptune and Uranus can be spotted through a telescope about 1:00 a.m. local time in the southeastern region of the sky.

As the days grow shorter, the Milky Way will also appear more brilliant, and using binoculars will allow you to see double the amount of stars.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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