Sunday, 1 April 2018

Welcome to the Pickering Astronomy blog, providing updates on what to see in skies above Pickering with the unaided eye during September 2018.

Here is a short list of night sky sights for the unaided eye during the coming month.

Stars and Constellations
  • Cygnus and the nearby constellations of Cepheus and Pegasus are convenient to view during September-October evenings
  • Cygnus is overhead after dusk and its brightest star, Deneb, is part of the summer triangle and easy to see from urban skies
  • Cepheus lies to the north of Cygnus and Pegasus lies to the east of Cygnus
  • Look for the other bright stars of the summer triangle, Vega (west of the zenith) and Altair (south of Cygnus)
  • The summer Milky Way flows through the Cepheus and Cygnus constellations, and is a fine sight in dark skies overhead during early autumn evenings
  • Mercury is visible before sunrise low in the eastern sky during the first half of September
  • Venus is visible low in the western sky after sunset, very bright and easy to see
  • Mars is in the southern sky from evening until after midnight, very bright and distinctly orange-red
  • Jupiter is very low in the southwestern sky during the early evening
  • Saturn is low in the southern sky during early evening, and sets around midnight
Moon Phases
  • Third Quarter September 2, 22:37 EDT
  • New Moon September 9, 14:01 EDT
  • First Quarter September 16, 19:15 EDT
  • Full Moon September 24, 22:52 EDT
Noteworthy Sky Events
  • Venus remains very prominent in the western sky after sunset
  • Mars shines brightly low in the southern sky
  • Jupiter and Saturn are also bright and prominent low in the south and southwestern sky during evenings
Sky Resources Online
Some website resources for sky charts, weekly sky events, and more information:
Below is a chart of the sky as it would appear above Pickering, Ontario at 9 pm EDT, mid-Septembert (courtesy of Custom sky charts like this can be plotted and printed at the websites or

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