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Sun, moon, stars September 2002

September 2002 Overview
Week by Week
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Major phenomena
7 New Moon
13 First Quarter
21 Full Moon
23 Autumnal Equinox
29 Last Quarter
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September 2002—Week 1 (Sept. 1-5)

9/1:
0600 UT, 2 am EDT
Venus is 0 degrees 9 minutes south of Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.
1000 UT, 6 am EDT
Mercury is at its greatest elongation, or angular distance from the Sun, at 27 degrees east of the Sun.
1700 UT, 1 pm EDT
Saturn is 2 degrees south of the Moon.
9/4:
1300 UT, 9 am EDT
Jupiter is 4 degrees south of the Moon.
 


September 2002—Week 2 (Sept. 6-12)

9/7:
0300 UT, 11 pm EDT (Sept. 6)
NEW MOON
9/8:
0300 UT, 11 pm EDT (Sept. 7)
The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.
1700 UT, 1 pm EDT
Mercury is 9 degrees south of the Moon.

9/10:
0200 UT, 10 pm EDT (Sept. 9)
Venus is 8 degrees south of the Moon.



September 2002—Week 3 (Sept. 13-19)

9/13:
1800 UT, 2 pm EDT
FIRST QUARTER

9/14:
1400 UT, 10 am EDT
Mercury appears to be motionless in the sky as its direct motion changes to apparent backward, or retrograde, motion.

9/17:
0900 UT, 5 am EDT
Neptune is 4 degrees north of the Moon.

9/18:
1800 UT, 2 pm EDT
Uranus is 4 degrees north of the Moon.



September 2002—Week 4 (Sept. 20-26)

9/21:
1400 UT, 10 am EDT
FULL MOON

9/23:
0300 UT, 11 pm EDT (Sept. 22)
The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.
0500 UT, 1 am EDT
Autumnal Equinox [more about the autumnal equinox]

9/26:
1100 UT, 7 am EDT
Venus is at its greatest brilliancy.


September 2002—Week 5 (Sept. 27-31)

9/27:
1900 UT, 3 pm EDT
Mercury is in inferior conjunction, that is, the Sun and the Earth are aligned on opposite sides of Mercury.

9/29:
0300 UT, 11 pm EDT (Sept. 28)
Saturn is 3 degrees south of the Moon.
1700 UT, 1 pm EDT
LAST QUARTER
9/30:
0000 UT, 8 pm EDT (Sept. 29)
Pallas, the second-largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion.


Did you know?
“Vermont” comes from the French “vert mont,” meaning “green mountain.”