September 2007 night sky guide and podcast

To help you learn about the southern night sky, Sydney Observatory provides a night sky star map or chart for each month of the year (see the link below). We also provide an audio guide of the month’s night sky, presented by one of Sydney Observatory astronomy experts (this link also below). You can listen online, or download the audio onto your ipod or mp3 player.

Sydney Observatory’s Geoff Wyatt tells us that in September, highlights to look out for include the constellation, Sagittarius, and the planets, Venus, very bright early in the mornings, and Jupiter with its four visible moons (and how these changed our view of the universe, thanks to Galileo). On the 18th, Jupiter will appear close to the crescent Moon, providing a stunning sight.

For more about what you’ll see in the southern sky in September, along with lots of other intriguing astronomical information, listen to the podcast or read the transcript.

The night sky map shows the stars, constellations and planets visible in the night sky from Sydney, Australia, and will also be usable at any other place in Australia. Special directions are given to help you locate the Southern Cross, also called Crux, for any time of the year. The locations of two nearby galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), are also given. Each month’s chart is placed online at the end of the previous month.

The monthly star maps are provided as PDF or portable document format files. To view PDF star charts you will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if it’s not on your computer already.

September 2007 night sky guide map

Read the transcript.

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2 responses to “September 2007 night sky guide and podcast

  • Hello Safwan. From Sydney there was no chance of seeing the Moon on the evening of 12 September as the time lag between sunset and moonset was too short. From Perth to the west of Sydney the lag was longer and made a sighting a distinct possibility assuming there was good visibility. On the evening of Tuesday 18 September you can view Jupiter in the western sky from dusk until it sets just before midnight (11:57 pm).

  • Hi there, just wanting to find out whether there was any chance that anyone will be able to see the moon on the 12th of September using just the naked eye. Also just wanted to know what time and for how long Jupiter will be available to see on the 18th.

    Thanks in advance

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