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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September Star Map

Although it seems particularly cloudy these days, there is still the odd clear night that we can catch a glimpse of some of the bright objects in the night sky.

One object that is hard to miss is the planet Jupiter. Shining high up in the sky (southwards mid-evening time) it is brighter the all surrounding stars. Its often thought to be a star or even a satellite but make no mistake, its a planet, as any look through a telescope would confirm as that bright dot is resolved into a small round ball with visible atmosphere and shining moons by its side.

Sadly, you'll probably need binoculars and a really dark place to see the faint the stars of Capricornus which surround Jupiter this year.

The brightest stars this month still belong to Scorpius and Sagittarius (Looking South) as well as the three stars making up "The Summer Triangle" - Vega, Deneb, Altair (Looking northwards and directly overhead).

Later in the evening and on towards midnight you might spot the four stars that make up the square shape of Pegasus (looking north east) and the bright "fish star" Fomalhaut (looking south east).

Happy Stargazing!

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