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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide for September 2011

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide for September 2011

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of September, 2011:

September 1 — Alpha Aurigid meteor shower peaks. Minor shower.

September 4 — First Quarter Moon, 2:39 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

September 9 — Epsilon Perseid meteor shower peaks. Minor Shower.

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September 12 — Epsilon Eridanid meteor shower peaks. Minor Shower.

September 12 — Full Corn Moon, 5:26 a.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

September 15 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

September 20 — Last Quarter Moon, 9:39 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

September 23 — Autumn Equinox, 5:06 a.m. The Sun crosses the Equator.

September 23 — Mars site above a waning crescent Moon.

September 27 — New Moon, 7:08 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

September 28 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth). Because the Moon’s perigee comes so close to the New Moon, expect extremely high tides.

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1 Jaime McLeod { 09.08.11 at 8:45 am }

Hi Vicki,
If you go to our Master Calendar, you can access that information:

There is a button near the top, left-hand corner that says “previous,” and you can scroll back to any recent date using that. You have to be logged into your free membership account for that, though.

2 vicki { 09.08.11 at 12:29 am }

hello how do I find past dates,is that a good day for instance I had my haircut on September 4th and she cut it to short. Thanks vicki

3 Jaime McLeod { 09.07.11 at 10:45 am }

All times are Eastern, unless otherwise noted.

4 Christi Wight { 09.07.11 at 10:44 am }

It is a joy to know that September 23 — Autumn Equinox, 5:06 a.m. will occur. Still, there is some frustration as I am unsure what time zone. Please let us know!

5 Teresa { 09.07.11 at 10:17 am }

My husband is a photographer by hobby, but has gotten extremely good at it and he has been taking pictures of the stars using time lapse photography. Some shooting stars have shown up on some photos and are just so fun to see. It has been great for stargazing this year!

6 Johnnie McClain { 09.07.11 at 10:08 am }

I have followed the Almanac all my life of 71yrs. I have weened 2 babies, grew plants, cut hair and a lot of other stuff by the Farmers Almanac.

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