Night sky this week

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The night sky this week: September 11-18, 2023

This week is perfect for moon viewing. Most people assume that the best time to view our satellite is when it’s full, but it’s actually a more interesting sight – in my view – when it’s a delicate crescent moon. This week it can be seen fading into a thin crescent moon in the predawn hours before reappearing on the far side of the sun in the post-sunset sky.

More from ForbesWhere to book now to witness the “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse in the United States

As it switches between morning and evening, it moves toward a specific location in its orbit to cause something very special on October 14 next month – an annular eclipse visible from nine US states (and a partial solar eclipse visible across the rest of the United States). Americas).

Here’s everything you need to know about viewing the moon, planets and stars this week:

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