See Neptune at its best and more top stargazing in September
Opposite the sun this month, the eighth planet in the solar system is at its most visible, while Mars disappears and its rovers go quiet.
As nights begin to lengthen across the northern hemisphere, skywatchers are able to spend more time under the stars while temperatures are still pleasant. From ghostly celestial glows to neighboring worlds, an amazing cosmic treasure trove awaits.
Mark your September calendar and gaze skyward on the next clear night!
Mars is on the exact opposite side of the sun from Earth today. The planet is not only invisible to skywatchers but also to NASA’s Mars landers, rovers, and orbiters too. Every two years solar conjunction occurs between our two worlds, and NASA engineers put a halt to sending all commands to the Martian spacecrafts out of concern the signals may become corrupted. According to the space agency, out of an abundance of