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Saturn and a bright moon share the sky Wednesday (Sept. 7)

September 7 - Bright Moon Passes Saturn

An illustration of the night time sky on Wednesday (Sept. 7) depicting Saturn near the moon.(Image credit: Starry Night Software)

The bright moon passes by Saturn on Wednesday (Sept. 7), coinciding with the moon’s closest method of Earth.

Currently in a waxing gibbous phase, the moon can look near Saturn on the evenings of September 7th and 8th. However, while Saturn currently shines brightly at a +0.4 magnitude, the moon’s glow could make it difficult to identify the ringed planet especially because the moon reaches perigee.

The moon finds its closest point along its orbit to the planet earth on Wednesday (Sept. 7) at 2: 18 p.m. ET (1618 GMT). This close approach, also referred to as perigee, occurs as the moon’s distance from Earth varies as its orbit isn’t perfectly circular. Because of this, the moon passes nearer to Earth once every month, appearing slightly larger and brighter than at other times, in accordance with In-the-Sky.org.

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Last month, Saturn reached opposition or the contrary side of the planet earth from sunlight in its orbit meaning it rises before sunset and is seen until a couple of hours before sunrise. It really is highest in the sky around midnight local time.

To overcome the bright moonlight, skywatchers can try placing a finger on the moon to isolate Saturn in the night time sky. Utilizing a small telescope will offer you a straight better view, assisting to reveal Saturn’s rings or perhaps even among its moons, in accordance with EarthSky.org (opens in new tab).

The moon will reach its full phase later this week on Saturday (Sept. 10) at at 5: 59 a.m. ET (0959 GMT). This month’s full moon may be the closest to the autumnal equinox, which occurs on Sept. 23 at 9: 04 p.m. ET (0104 GMT on Sept. 24). Subsequently, September’s full moon can be called the Harvest Moon.

You can examine out our guides for the best binoculars and the best telescopes to identify the bright moon since it passes by Saturn. If you are hoping to fully capture an excellent photo of the duo, have a look at our tips for the very best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.

Editor’s Note: In the event that you snap an image of the bright waxing gibbous moon and Saturn and wish to share it with Space.com’s readers, send your photo(s), comments, as well as your name and location to spacephotos@space.com.

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Samantha Mathewson joined Space.com being an intern in the summertime of 2016. She received a B.A. in Journalism and Environmental Science at the University of New Haven, in Connecticut. Previously, her work has been published in Nature World News. You should definitely writing or reading about science, Samantha enjoys planing a trip to new places and taking photos! It is possible to follow her on Twitter @Sam_Ashley13.

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