Best Night Sky Events of September 2017 (Stargazing Maps)

See what’s up in the night sky for August 2017, including stargazing events and the moon’s phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.

Shown here: On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Neptune will be directly opposite the sun in the sky, and visible all night. It is located in Aquarius but is too faint to be seen with the unaided eye. Use binoculars and a star chart from Starry Night. On opposition night the nearly full moon will sit less than 2 degrees to the lower right of the planet. For most of Antarctica and southeastern South America, the moon will pass in front of the planet.

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