Observing Highlights for September 2016
from 6:13 to 12:01 UT. Greatest eclipse at 9:08 UT. Path of
annularity extends from the southern Atlantic Ocean, across
central Africa and Madagascar, and into the Indian Ocean.
Partial eclipse over a much wider area covering Africa,
Madagascar and much of the Indian Ocean.
of 2016 (NASA)
Solar Eclipse of 2016 September 01 (GIF) (NASA)
(closest to Earth) at 17h UT (361,896 km; angular size 33.0').
2.4° NNE of Spica
(28° from Sun, evening sky) at 20h UT. Mags. -3.9 and +1.0.
very near Aldebaran
(109° from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT. Occultation visible
from East Africa, the Middle East, and SW Asia.
of Aldebaran (IOTA)
at 14:21 UT. The time when the Sun reaches the point along the
ecliptic where it crosses into the southern celestial hemisphere
marking the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and
spring in the Southern Hemisphere.
at 9:56 UT.
with the Sun at 7h UT. Passes into the morning sky (not
(35° from Sun, morning sky) at 22h UT.
at greatest elongation,
18° west of Sun (morning sky) at 19h UT. Mag. -0.5.
(18° from Sun, morning sky) at 10h UT. Mag. -0.6.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)