Sept. 8: Conjunction of the moon, Venus and Saturn. The moon will pass within half a degree of Venus low in the west during early evening. Meanwhile, Venus will sit within three degrees of Saturn. The three will be visible for about two hours after sunset.
A few hours later, another major player arrives late to the party. By 4 a.m., Mars appears low in the east-northeast. Be sure to look at Mars on Sept. 8 or 9 with binoculars or a telescope, when it hovers against the backdrop of the beautiful Beehive star cluster (M44) in the constellation Cancer.
Sept. 19: Full moon. This one is also known as the Harvest Moon.
Sept. 22: September equinox at 4:44 p.m. local time. The sun will shine directly on the equator, creating nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This marks the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the southern hemisphere.
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