Longer nights, shorter days this month

EXPECT nights to be longer than days later this month with the autumnal equinox expected on September 23.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration also said many stars and planets will be visible to stargazers this month.

“Philippine nights will be longer as the Sun approaches the celestial equator. Autumnal equinox will occur on September 23 when day and night will have equal length on Earth,” Pagasa officer-in-charge Graciano Yumul Jr. said in the agency’s astronomical diary for September.

Meanwhile, he said the rich band of constellations and stars along the Milky Way from the constellations Cygnus, the Swan, in the north to Sagittarius and Scorpius in the south, begin to give way this month to fainter constellations.

He said many of them have watery associations such as the constellations of Capricornus, the Sea Goat, Aquarius, the Water Bearer and Pisces the Fish.

“The famous asterism Teapot in the sky in the constellation of Sagittarius can be observed at about 40 to 47 degrees above the southern horizon, an hour after sunset,” he said. Julian Labores


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