September 2016 – Where to look for the planets

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The dwarf planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are provided for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
  • Times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time when in force. As a guide, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory in 2016, Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday 3 April and begins on Sunday 2 October 2016.

3 September 2016 – Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Evening twilight sky

Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius 'The Scorpion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 6:45 pm AEST on Saturday 3 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). You will need a clear Western horizon and binoculars are recommended for locating Mercury and Jupiter. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 6:45 pm AEST on Saturday 3 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). You will need a clear Western horizon and binoculars are recommended for locating Mercury and Jupiter. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

6 September 2016 – Venus, Mars, Saturn and Scorpius finder chart – Early evening sky

Venus, Mars, Saturn and Scorpius (the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius 'The Scorpion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Look to the West and then upwards to use the chart. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Venus, Mars, Saturn and Scorpius (the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Look to the West and then upwards to use the chart. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

6 September 2016 – Southern Cross and ‘Pointers’ finder chart – Early evening sky

Southern Cross and the 'Pointers' finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Look to the South West and then upwards to use the chart. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Southern Cross and the ‘Pointers’ finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on Tuesday 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Look to the South West and then upwards to use the chart. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

6 September 2016 – Moon finder chart without labels – Early evening sky

Moon chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

6 September 2016 – Moon finder chart with labels – Early evening sky

Moon chart with labels prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon chart with labels prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

6 September 2016 – Saturn and largest moon Titan finder chart – Early evening sky

Saturn and its largest moon Titan finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Saturn and its largest moon Titan finder chart. Chart prepared for 7:30 pm AEST on 6 September 2016 for Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart created using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

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