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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to September 2012

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to September 2012

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of September, 2012:

September 7 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

September 8 — Last Quarter Moon, 9:15 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

September 9 — Epsilon Perseid meteor shower peaks. Unfavorable year for this minor shower.

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September 12 — Epsilon Eridanid meteor shower peaks. A favorable year for this minor shower.

September 15 — New Moon, 10:11 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

September 18 — 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.

September 22 — First Quarter Moon, 3:41 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

September 22 — Autumn Equinox, 10:49 a.m. The Sun crosses the Equator.

September 29 — Full Harvest Moon, 11:19 p.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.

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1 Christine { 09.27.12 at 7:47 pm }

9.22.12 was the autumnal equinox and yesterday in Ventura, CA the paper showed sunrise at 6:48am and sunset at 6:48pm. Why was there a 4 day difference?

2 Molly { 09.22.12 at 2:47 pm }

What time does the full moon go down? Mabey if its possible can you include that on you website thingy? Thanks!!! Molly

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