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September astronomy calendar: NASA reveals this month's sky watching highlights

Sunday, September 6 finds the Moon extremely close to Mars in the pre-dawn sky.

This planetary pair were even closer back on August 9 but this will still be a really pretty spectacle this month.

If you are up early and can step outside for a look, they will only be a couple of degrees apart.

This means they will appear in the same field of view, if you look through a pair of binoculars.

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“And it is still surrounded by a disk of debris – a common feature for star during their planet-forming phase.”

Fomalhaut was the first star to have a planet detected by direct imaging.

This was achieved by NASA’s iconic Hubble Space Telescope.

Fomalhaut can be found lying low in the south, a couple of hours after sunset, to the left of Saturn and Jupiter.

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Since it is both bright and low in the sky, it sometime appears to flicker from atmospheric turbulence.

NASA also details the phases of the Moon for September 2020:

September 2: Full Moon

September 10: Third quarter Moon

September 17: New Moon

September 23: First quarter Moon

Source:Daily Express :: Science Feed

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