Full Moon arrives at 12:33 a.m. EDT tomorrow morning (9:33 p.m. PDT this night), so our satellite tv for pc appears fully illuminated all evening. Luna rises within the east shortly after the Solar units and peaks within the south round 1 a.m. native daylight time. The Moon lies among the many dim background stars of japanese Aquarius, due south of the Nice Sq. of Pegasus. Because the Full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox, that is additionally the Harvest Moon. In early autumn, the Full Moon rises about half an hour later every evening in contrast with a traditional lag near 50 minutes. The added early night illumination supposedly helps farmers bringing of their crops.
The Moon additionally reaches apogee, the farthest level in its orbit round Earth, right this moment. At 9:32 a.m. EDT, it lies 252,511 miles (406,377 kilometers) from Earth’s heart.
Saturday, September 14
The constellations Ursa Main the Nice Bear and Cassiopeia the Queen lie on reverse sides of the North Celestial Pole, in order that they pivot across the North Star (Polaris) all through the course of the evening and the 12 months. Within the first half of September, these two constellations seem equally excessive as darkness falls. You will discover Ursa Main and its distinguished asterism, the Huge Dipper, about 30° above the northwestern horizon. Cassiopeia’s acquainted W-shape, which presently lies on its aspect, seems the identical top above the northeastern horizon. Because the evening progresses, Cassiopeia climbs above Polaris whereas the Huge Dipper swings under it.
Sunday, September 15
The dwarf planet Ceres reached opposition in Might, but it surely stays a tempting goal within the night sky due to its proximity to the 1st-magnitude star Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion. Even higher, magnitude 9.0 Ceres presently lies in opposition to a star-poor mud lane within the in any other case wealthy Milky Method background. This night, Ceres stands 2.9° due north of Antares, and the closest star that outshines the dwarf planet lies 1° away. Figuring out the photo voltaic system object from the suburbs must be simple by way of a small telescope, and people blessed with darkish skies ought to have the ability to spot it by way of binoculars.