September

Venus through a telescope

Saturn

VENUS, MARS AND SATURN

Of these three evening planets, you'll likely see only Venus. Being at its maximum brilliance (a searing magnitude -4.8) in late September would normally make Venus a stunning object in the early-evening sky. But from Canadian latitudes this autumn, Venus sits so low to the horizon, it sets not long after the Sun and is buried in bright twilight. That same twilight will overwhelm much fainter Mars and Saturn. A good night to hunt for Venus is September 11, when the crescent Moon hangs nearby. Through a telescope (inset), Venus itself appears as a crescent. courtesy theskyx,u/software bisque

Dawn Planet

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