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There’s really only one skywatching event to talk about this month: a total solar eclipse. In one of nature’s most spectacular light shows, the Moon will cover the solar disk on August 21, briefly plunging a narrow path across the United States into darkness. The rest of the country will see a partial eclipse.


September 20: Pegasus

With summer about to give way to fall, one of the main star patterns of the new season is climbing into prominence in the evening. The Great Square of Pegasus is in the east at nightfall. It’s tilted as it rises, so it looks like a diamond.

September 21: Moon and Jupiter

The giant planet Jupiter is close to the left of the crescent Moon shortly after sunset tonight. Although it is quite low in the sky, if you have a clear horizon you should be able to spot it through the fading twilight.

September 22: Autumn

Autumn arrives in the northern hemisphere at 3:02 p.m. CDT, the moment of the autumnal equinox. The season changes when the Sun crosses the equator from north to south. The Sun will continue its southward trek until the winter solstice, in December.

September 23: Cetus

The constellation Cetus, the whale or sea monster, is swinging into view in the evening sky. It is low on the eastern horizon around 10 or 11 p.m., and never climbs very high during the night.

September 24: Scutum

Scutum, a small, faint “shield” of stars, scoots across the southwestern sky on early autumn nights. It represents the coat of arms on the shield of John Sobieski, a 17th-century king of Poland and one of that country’s great heroes.

September 25: Moon and Companions

Antares, the bright heart of the scorpion, stands below the Moon as night falls, shining bright orange. The brighter planet Saturn is about the same distance to the left of the Moon.

September 26: Moon and Saturn

A pair of bright objects stands in the southwest this evening: the Moon and the planet Saturn. Saturn, the solar system’s second-largest planet, perches below the Moon, and looks like a bright star.