Star Gazing

Star Gazing

Star GazingBy ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society

The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held on Friday, Sept. 11. Signs will be out at 7:30 p.m., with viewing at 8 p.m. Calendars and handbooks for 2015 will be available.

September Celestial Calendar

1. Mercury is not visible this month.

2. Venus and Jupiter move to the morning sky where they will join Mars already there. Look for them all in the east before the sun rises.

3. Saturn remains in the evening sky near the head of Scorpius. Look for Saturn low in the southwest after sunset.

4. The Zodiacal light should appear in the east one or two hours before sunrise from about Sept. 11-25. It appears as a faint triangle of light extending up from the horizon.

5. The fall equinox occurs on Sept. 23.

6. On the evening of Sept. 27, a total lunar eclipse will occur throughout the continental U.S. On the west coast, we will see the moon rise during totality. The eclipse will be over about 10 p.m.

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Story First Published: 2015-08-28