AstroBob: Planet sightings, Fall Equinox, and Harvest Moon

Watching the planets with Astro Bob

Astro Bob explains what we should be seeing in our sky.

As we ease into fall, Bob King, or AstroBob, says that we can look for planets, the fall equinox, and the Harvest Moon in the evening sky.

The planet Saturn will be visible Friday evening 9 p.m. because it’s high enough in the sky that you can see it. Then by 10:30 p.m. you’ll be able to see Jupiter. Then by 5:00 a.m. you’ll be able to see the brightest of all planets, Venus.

Starting next week, the planet Mercury will be visible. Bob suggests looking three fists to the lower west of Venus. “If you’ve never seen Mercury, this is your chance.”

The Fall equinox is Sept. 23 at 1:49 a.m. which means day and night will be very close to equal. “Sun will rise due East and set due West.”

Additionally, the Harvest Moon rises only 15 minutes later each night than the usual hour. “So back in the days before electricity, people used the extra moonlight to bring in the harvest.”