September astronomy calendar: NASA reveals this month's sky watching highlights

SEPTEMBER's astronomy calendar includes the opportunity to spot the Moon together with Mars and Venus, along with the flickering star Fomalhaut. Here is how to watch this month's highlights.

PUBLISHED: 12:32, Fri, Sep 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:38, Fri, Sep 4, 2020

From gazing at the moon to looking to the skies to try and spot the International Space Station, astronomy is becoming ever more popular. And thanks to NASA, you won't miss a trick this month as the US-based space agency has revealed what to look out for as the nights get longer.

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Sunday, September 6 finds the Moon extremely close to Mars in the pre-dawn sky.

Fomalhaut is also fairly young, at just a few hundred million years

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This planetary pair were even closer back on August 9 but this will still be a really pretty spectacle this month.

If you are up early and can step outside for a look, they will only be a couple of degrees apart.

This means they will appear in the same field of view, if you look through a pair of binoculars.

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September astronomy calendar: You have the opportunity to spot the Moon together with Mars and VenusSeptember astronomy calendar: You have the opportunity to spot the Moon together with Mars and Venus (Image: Getty)

September astronomy calendar: The Moon extremely close to Mars in the pre-dawn skySeptember astronomy calendar: The Moon extremely close to Mars in the pre-dawn sky (Image: Getty)

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On September 13 and 14, look to the east before dawn.

You should, weather permitting, see the slim Crescent Moon slip past brilliant Venus.

Then, on September 13, you may well find the Moon hanging above that same planet.

Astronomers estimate approximately 20 percent of the Moon's face will be illuminated.

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