Just before sunrise on the 11th of September, there’s quite a sight in the east. Going from north to south, the twin stars of Gemini – Castor and Pollux – sit to the left of a thin crescent Moon. To the right of the Moon, the Beehive cluster can be seen by telescopes and binoculars alike. Further to the south, the bright planet Venus can be seen.
Use the Quasar Publishing image above as a guide. To find out more about what to see in the night sky, grab a copy of their latest Astronomy Australia almanac at Quasar Publishing.
When to look: 4.30am to 5.30am, 11th September
Which direction to look: East
The Moon makes close approaches to the planets very regularly, but sometimes, the Moon will pass directly in front of the planets. These events are known as occultations. Unfortunately, there are no occultations visible from Perth in 2023.
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