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On a clear night, you can see...
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The Night Sky
September 2017:
1st Large asteroid Florence safely passes close to Earth around 8pm. View with a telescope in the South below constellation Delphinus
5th Neptune at its nearest and brightest
6th Mars and star Regulus are close with Mercury to the right
10th Mercury passes close to star Regulus
11th Mercury passes close to star Regulus
15th Cassini space probe will crash into Saturn
16th Mars and Mercury are close to each other
17th Mars and Mercury are close to each other
18th Crescent Moon with Venus and star Regulus in the morning
20th Venus close to star Regulus in the morning
22nd Very low in the evening sky narrow crescent Moon lies above Jupiter
26th Saturn is near the Moon

Sky now filling with watery constellations of Autumn – Aquarius, Cetus, Capricornus, Pisces, Piscis Austrinus, Delphinus.

Through binoculars or small telescope look out for dead star the Helix Nebula in the constellation Aquarius in the South which is only 700 light years away. You can see the swirling gas spiralling around it.

Jupiter (-1.6) sets an hour after sunset in Virgo and will disappear from view by the close of September.

Saturn (+0.5) lies in the West and sets around 1030pm.

Neptune (+7.8) can be viewed all night long in Aquarius with binoculars or telescope in the South.

Uranus (+5.7) rises at 8pm in Pisces in the South East.

Venus (-3.8) rises around 330am.

Mars (+1.8) can be viewed in Leo in the morning.

Mercury (+1.2 to -0.8) can be viewed in Leo in the morning.

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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