Tour September’s Sky! | September 1st, 2008

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S&T: Lauren Darby
OK, OK . . . this month can't boast a total solar eclipse or a great meteor shower like August could. But with summer's heat and its bugs on the wane in September, it's so much nicer to just stroll out under the evening sky to enjoy the view overhead.

Over in the west, Venus and Mercury are dancing together in the dusk. Venus itself is in the opening weeks of a six-month evening engagement that will just get better and better toward year's end.

In the south, King Jupiter is holding court amid the stars of Sagittarius. It provides a dazzling anchor to the summer Milky Way, which arches overhead through the Summer Triangle and descends into the easy-to-spot "W" of Cassiopeia.

Get all these details and more by downloading September's audio sky tour. It's a 5.5-megabyte MP3 file that runs 6m 00s.