Exciting Astronomy Events in September 2020

Exciting Astronomy Events in September 2020

(Last Updated On: September 1, 2020)

What’s for stargazers in September 2020?

The night sky is fun to watch every night. It’s like we are on an adventure exploring various constellations and planets. Sometimes we get to see meteors. However, there are some special dates when special astronomical events take place. So, we are helping you out to witness some of these exciting astronomy events in September 2020.

Here is the list of astronomy events in September 2020:

September 2: Full moon(Corn Moon)

September 6: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars (occultation)

September 11: Neptune at opposition

September 14: Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

September 22: September Equinox

Watch this video for visual explanation of rare astronomy events in September 2020-

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September 2: Full moon (Corn Moon)

Corn Moon / Harvest Moon (astronomy events in september 2020)
Corn Moon / Harvest Moon

At 05:22 UTC, the moon will turn precisely full. It is called a Corn Moon / Harvest Moon in native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested.

Local Time: EDT – 01:22, IST – 10:52, GMT – 05:22


September 6: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars (Occultation)

Conjunction of the Moon and Mars (Occultation) - astronomy events in september 2020
Conjunction of the Moon and Mars (Occultation)

Mars will make a close approach to Moon at 04:46 UTC. On 6 September, Mars will be very close to our Moon. In addition, Mars will slip behind Moon on what we call an Occultation.

Local Time: EDT – 00:46, IST – 10:16, GMT – 04:46


September 11: Neptune at opposition

Neptune at Opposition
Planet Neptune

On September 11, Neptune will be opposite to the sun and closest to our Earth. Neptune will shine with all its might this night. Its magnitude will be 7.8.


September 14: Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

Conjunction of the Moon and Venus (astronomy events in september 2020)
Venus and the moon lined up in the early morning sky in a phenomenon known as a conjunction

Venus will shine along with the moon and will pass at 4.3° south of the moon at 04:44 UTC. Don’t forget to witness the brightest planet shine with the second brightest object in the night sky.

Local Time: EDT – 00:44, IST – 10:14, GMT – 04:44


September 22: September Equinox

It will be the moment when the sun will appear to cross the Earth’s equator going from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. It will take place at 13:15 UTC. In the Northern Hemisphere, we call it the first day of fall while in Southern Hemisphere, it is called the first day of spring.

NOTE: EDT is 4 hours behind UTC; IST is 5:30 hours ahead UTC; There is no time difference between GMT & UTC. (UTC: Coordinated Universal Time; EDT: Eastern Daylight Time; IST: India Standard Time; GMT: Greenwich Mean Time)

That’s all for September. Subscribe to our blog for next month’s update!

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Mallika Tarannum

An Influencer and Astronomy Freak. Future Physicist. She has been working as a Physics Educator for the last 3 years.

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