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Star Brightly: 3 Celestial Events to Observe This September

The show that the night sky puts on each evening is accessible and breathtaking. Here are three celestial events to watch for in September 2022.

Written by
Calin Van Paris
Published
September 1, 2022

Entertainment is a cornerstone of human life—but so is looking up at the stars. So why not combine those two urges and enjoy the September celestial events that will be delivering accessible awe and sparkle?

September brings us an invariably low-hanging and jaw-dropping full moon, a late-summer meteor shower, and a can't-miss appearance from the brightest of planets. Mark these three skyward happenings on your calendar as a reminder that some of the most memorable showings are streaming outside each night.

Stunning and ad-free, watching the sky is as sustainable an activity as they come—and a chance to consider our place (and our planet's place) in the greater scheme of things.

3 September Celestial Events to Watch

September 5-21: ε-Perseids Meteor Shower

The annual Perseid meteor shower wraps up on September 1, but this showing offers a second chance to see some shooting stars. Choose an observance point well away from the city lights and practice patience: Lay back, broaden your perspective, and count the meteors as they zoom overhead.

(Note: Though the shower peaks on September 9, the light of the full Harvest Moon may decrease visibility.)

September 9-10: Harvest Moon

The full Harvest Moon brightens the sky for many nights ahead of its big night, and serves as the final full moon of summer. Head to your garden and pick some ripened fruits and veggies by moonlight to better honor its nature.

September 26: Jupiter on Display

Between new (and very colorful) images from NASA and a late-September opposition, Jupiter is having a bit of a moment. Its position on September 26 marks its closest to Earth in about seven decades, making it an optimal time to observe the gaseous giant.

Jupiter is the brightest planet in our solar system, so you'll be able to spot it with your naked eye, but this is the perfect opportunity to dust off that old telescope. Who knows—you may even spot one of her moons.