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Sky at the glance

When you head outdoors tonight, take Sky & Telescope's podcast with you for a guided tour to the night sky. Learn what constellations are visible, find out where and when you'll see the planets, and catch each month's celestial highlights, from meteor showers to eclipses.
  1. Lots of sky sights this week: Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Orionid meteors, stars in balance, telescopic occultation by the asteroid Kleopatra, more.

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  2. Mars and Saturn are the two planets of the evening sky this week, the brightest points of light in the south. The Moon passes them both.

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  3. Vega is the brightest star very high in the west after nightfall in early autumn. Arcturus, equally bright, is getting low in the west-northwest.

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  4.   Friday, September 28 • Late this evening, spot the little Pleiades cluster to the upper left of the Moon, as shown at right. When we see the Pleiades climb the eastern sky in autumn, their tiny dipper pattern stands on its handle. Saturday, September 29 • There's roughly a two-hour window of darkness now between twilight's end and moonrise (for the world's mid-northern latitudes). The window gets longer every […]

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  5. Mars, in southern Capricornus, fades from magnitude –1.5 to –1.3 this last week of September, still as bright as Sirius. It shines highest in the south soon after dark and sets around 2 a.m.

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