September Dark Sky Treats, an early evening Planet Parade, Zodiacal Light, and Comet Zinner zips through Auriga!

(Above: Using a DSLR and a 200-mm lens, Paul Mortfield took this spectacular image of Comet 21P/ Giacobini-Zinner on August 18, as it was passing the Heart and soul nebulas in Cassiopeia. His website is here. Credit: P. Mortfield, RASC Remote Telescope, California, USA)
(Above: The path of binocular comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner this week, shown for midnight local time.)
(Above: This gorgeous image of the evening zodiacal light was taken by Fred Espanek in February, 2018.)
(Above: When the Last Quarter moon rises late on Sunday night, it will sit close to the bright reddish star Aldebaran in Taurus. This image shows the sky at midnight EDT. Night Sky Chart made via Star Walk 2 iOS and Star Chart for Android.)
(Above: Mercury remains well-placed for viewing in the eastern pre-dawn sky this week, as shown here at 6 am local time on Monday, September 3. On Saturday, the old crescent moon will appear above Mercury and Regulus. Night Sky Chart made via Star Walk 2 iOS and Star Chart for Android.)
(Above: The early evening sky, shown here at 9 pm local time, contains a parade of planets that connect the dots along our solar system’s plane (orange line). Venus sets first, followed by Jupiter. Saturn and Mars remain in sight for much of the night. Night Sky Chart made via Star Walk 2 iOS and Star Chart for Android.)
(Above: On September 7, distant blue Neptune will reach opposition — its closest and brightest appearance for this year. Look for the planet between the two naked eye stars Phi Aqr and Hydor in Pisces. Night Sky Chart made via Star Walk 2 iOS and Star Chart for Android.)
(Above: The late summer Milky Way arcs high overhead in the evening sky, as shown here for 9 pm local time. It passes through the Summer Triangle (yellow lines) and exhibits dark lanes that obscure the distant stars beyond. The constellation of Cygnus the Swan includes several large nebulas — the North american Nebula near Deneb and the Veil Supernova Remnant along its eastern wing.)
(Above: The western portion of the Veil Nebula in Cygnus, taken by Stephen McKinney of Toronto on September 3, 2016. The star at top centre is a naked-eye star designated 52 Cygni. This image is about 2 full moon diameters tall. Steve’s astrophotography image gallery is here.)

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