Star Diary Podcast | What is in the night sky from September 19-25, 2022

What is in the night sky for the week of September 19-25, 2022.

Chris Bramley Hello and welcome to Star Diary, the podcast for the creators of BBC Sky at night Magazine. You can subscribe to the print edition of the magazine by visiting the website skyatnightmagazine.comor to our digital version by visiting iTunes or Google Play.

Izzy Pearson Greetings, listeners, and welcome to Star Diary, a weekly guide to the best things to see in the northern hemisphere night sky. In this episode, we’ll cover the next week from September 19-25. I’m Ezzy Pearson, the magazine’s features editor, and join me today on a podcast by commentary editor Paul Money. Hello Paul.

Paul Money Now then Ezzy! We are approaching the end of September…I can’t believe September is over so quickly. Good grief! Where did you go?

condole So what are your top tips for saying goodbye to September this week?

pee Well, we’re in the morning sky most of this week, actually, because we’re basically watching the moon and a lot of events are going on, you know, that’s related to the moon. So it is good if you suffer from insomnia. It’s called In the Morning Sky. Now we start with the moon line over Mpsuta. I can never say that I am happy. Maybe Meb-SU-ta. It is epsilon gymnorum, with a strength of three. This is in the nineteenth. Now then it’s to the right of Bullock and Kappa Gymnorum at 20. Now, I always find this interesting because it also forms a triangle. If you take Castor, Pollux, and the Moon, they form a triangle. But between Castor, sorry, Pollux and the Moon, you have this little Kappa star. And it’s always missed because we’re always reminded of, ‘Oh, yeah, Castor and Pollux and the Moon’ and we often forget knowing Capas there too. ready for it. So if you’re just walking around with binoculars, you look at the moon as a crescent now and you come across an extra star and you think “Didn’t they mention that star?” Well, actually, there will be a lot of other stars in your field of view as well, because it’s a very rich region. I’ve got a Milky Way It also passes through. But there is a kind of thing, here we are, again, following the moon as it heads toward a thinner, thinner crescent. Now, on the twenty-first, the slender crescent moon lies several degrees above the mass of the beehive. And it’s more messy 44. It’s in the crab. Now, the thing about this is that the moon is a crescent, so the reason is a lot of light. Now, if the moon was only a full moon, it would blow out the entire mass. You will not be able to see the beehive. barely. barely. You must have a telescope to see it. When there is a crescent moon, there is not much light in the sky. So you have a chance to see this crescent with the actual mass directly below it? Because I’ve always liked these combinations of things. This and Messier 45 You know, it’s definitely two of my favorite combos, I have to say. Now the crescent moon is moving from Cancer to Leo, so we should be around 5:00 in the morning. Yes, I know you kinda silly watch again, but that’s how it goes, really. And the moon on day 23 lies just below the star, Eta Leonis. Now, Regulus is usually what we mentioned. In fact, we mentioned it a couple of weeks ago about the closeness of Venus to Regulus in bright twilight. Well, the thing about this is that the lion is getting taller. While Venus recedes into the solar glow, Leo steadily recedes from that glow, so we see it in a darkened sky. So it’s five in the morning, and because the sky’s getting darker, we’re heading towards it because it’s fall right now. So we’re actually heading into winter soon. Oh my God, that’s fast approaching. this is not fair. Is this winter going to be cold soon? But think of the plain and clear night.

condole Crisp nights are always great.

pee exactly. So 23 is also autumnal equinox. As for the northern hemisphere, of course it is the vernal equinox for the southern hemisphere. For us, fall officially begins now. Something interesting is the weather scientist for meteorological purposes that they want to use on the first of the month. So the meteorological September 1st was categorized as fall, but the original meaning wasn’t actually the astrological one, which is the fall exinox that occurs on the 23rd. So we can honestly say that fall has officially started now. And I’d say the moon’s next to Eta Liones too this morning. So worth a look at that. So we go from 23 to 25 for our last object. Who is the challenge?

condole Always imagine a challenge.

pee We always imagine the challenge, right? Now we mentioned the next week of Venus in bright twilight. Well, Venus is still in twilight. It’s getting deeper in that twilight. So the thing about this, though, is that Venus is bright, so you can usually see it pretty well as long as it’s above the horizon. However, the challenge here is not Venus, I mean that is the easy challenge. But Venus guides you to a really thin crescent moon. We are talking about them only two degrees above the horizon. So again, we must stress that you need a clear and uncluttered horizon. Hopefully there’s no lost early morning fog happening at all. Low fog. This would spoil it. Don’t watch too long because again we don’t want you to catch this on the sun. The sun is only eight degrees away from the moon and Venus. So this is the challenge. Pete pointed this out in the September issue as well, and it just doesn’t get it..don’t stick with it for too long. Hold it and then you’re done. So they all travel there around the sun, but it’s worth it.

condole Always check the time of sunrise if you will be observing Venus or Mercury in the morning.

pee Absolutely. Without it, you can’t. It’s not worth risking your eyesight for something like this. But if you spot Venus, you should spot the crescent moon. If you are using binoculars, you should do 10×50. It is only 0.6% illumination. I mean, that’s incredibly skinny.

condole umm

pee I don’t think I’ve ever seen a moon like that. Well, the thinnest moon I’ve seen is a total solar eclipse, so technically…

condole I don’t think this is very important!

pee But the beauty is that you got Venus to guide you to it. This is the thing. But it will be a challenge in this bright morning twilight. So I would say be very careful. You set it for me around 6:30am, but the time will vary depending on where you are in the UK and obviously at that time, in some places, the sun had already risen. So take, like I mentioned, Ezzy, and work out your local sunrise time and go through that. But get it before the sun comes up. But I like the challenge.

condole yes. And also make sure when practicing sunrise, that you leave a good, healthy margin on both sides as well, to make sure you definitely look away at the right time.

pee exactly.

condole It definitely looks like there are some fun things to see this week. To summarize, we’ve got the autumnal equinox on September 23, when day and night are of equal length. And then we’ll also have the slender crescent moon appearing and moving across the sky all week. You might have a good chance of seeing some of the earth’s luster. Hope you do. And if that gives you a lot of great things to see this week and you want to make sure you keep up with all that’s in the night sky every week. Be sure to subscribe to the Star Diary podcast and we hope to see you here next week. So thank you very much for joining us today, Paul.

pee My pleasure, Ezzy and I look forward to seeing you next week.

condole If you want to discover more great spots that will decorate the night sky all month long, be sure to grab a copy of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Well, we have a 16-page Pullout Sky guide with a complete overview of everything worth looking for. Whether you want to look at the moon, the planets or the deep sky, whether you use binoculars, telescopes or nothing. Ask the guide. Guide has you covered with detailed stock charts to help you trace your way across the night sky. From all of us here at BBC Sky Magazine. Good-bye.

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