WOW! That Total Solar Eclipse was something wonderful! Traveling to Columbia, SC had me worried for a little bit, since they were predicting 55% cloud cover, but the clouds parted, my cameras read the code correctly, my laptop did NOT overheat, and I was lucky to get some awesome pictures. The best part, though was experiencing it with my family and seeing how excited my son was when it happened and how my wife, who usually comments at how grey and fuzzy things are in the telescope, was amazed by what we could see.
Mercury – Is technically between Venus and the eastern horizon in the morning, but you’ll need binoculars and a sky app to find it.
Venus – Rises around 4:30am. Bright and visible about 20˚ high in East before sunrise all month, though it is on its way toward the horizon each day, and will stop being visible in October.
Mars – Pretty dim, but it’s there in the eastern sky low on the horizon toward the end of the month when it gets pretty close to Venus.
Saturn – Look S after sunset and find the bright light above and between Scorpius and Sagittarius. It will move toward the SW, setting around midnight in early September and 10pm in late September.
Jupiter – After sunset, you might be able to catch Jupiter about 10˚ up the sky, but after a week or so it’s too close to the Sun from our perspective, so you won’t be able to see it anymore until late November mornings.
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