Planets on the move in Sept.

Star Gazing


The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its next club meeting, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 7, via zoom. (See contact information, at the end of this column, to reach out to a member for more detail.)

The September star party has been canceled in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19.


1. Venus is in the morning sky this month where it will be visible in the east before sunrise.

2. Mercury moves back to the evening sky this month where it can be seen very low west the last few days of the month.

3. Jupiter and Saturn are in the evening sky all month where they can be seen close together in the south after the sun sets.

4. Mars rises in the east around midnight this month and can be seen moving to the south as the night progresses.

5. Autumnal Equinox occurs at 7 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Story First Published: 2020-08-28