The global Premiere of the award-winning Big Astronomy Planetarium show this Saturday! In just 30 minutes, tour the incredible observatories of Chile and meet some of the dedicated people who bring us big astronomy discoveries. We encourage you to tune into one of four live-streamed 360º showings this Saturday. (These will not be archived, so this is your chance!) https://www.bigastronomy.org/join-us-september-26-big-astronomy-premiere/
Start getting ready for Mars opposition on Oct. 6. Mars continues to get brighter in the late night sky. After the moon passes, Sept. 4-6, train your telescope on the red planet to view its features (unless there is a dust storm). Do forget to observe Jupiter and Saturn while your are at it.
October is a banner month for Mars observers! Mars is very bright this month, and astronomers are eager to observe the red planet. However, don’t forget to look at the space around Mars; by doing so, you can observe the planet's remarkable retrograde motion and find a few nearby objects that you may otherwise overlook. Find out more about this incredibly bright star in this edition of NASA's Night Sky Notes! [ PDF]