Tonight’s Sky for September 2016: Stars, Planets and Say Hello to Venus in the Evening Sky

Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere’s skywatching events with “Tonight’s Sky.” In September, Venus becomes more prominent in the evening sky.

Venus is getting higher after each sunset, but Jupiter and Mercury are disappearing in the glare of sunset at the shift to morning sky objects later in September. Venus, Mars and Saturn remain evening sky object all of September 2016. Venus is visible just after sunset and sets before total darkness in September 2016. Mars and Saturn remain visible later into the night in the southwest sky. Mars and Saturn are close together early in the month, but move apart as the month progresses.

September features the constellations of Aquarius and Capricornus — both are water-related constellations.

An annular solar eclipse occurred on September 1, 2016 in parts of Africa. A partial solar eclipse was visible for most of the rest of the African continent.

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