A view towards the SSE at astronomical twilight (8:15 PM EDT), Sunday, August 27. The waxing gibbous moon is low above the southern horizon and Saturn is rising further to the east. The ecliptic is presented in this view to illustrate where the plane of the solar system is. Note that all solar system objects in this view (the moon and Saturn) are on or near this plane. The constellations of the zodiac are those 12 constellations that lie along this plane. In this view, they would be Aquarius at the eastern edge in this view, followed by Capricorn, Sagittarius, and Scorpio at the western edge.
Saturn is at opposition today and tomorrow (August 27) and thus, will be at its closest point to earth and the brightest.
With the Autumnal Equinox only 3 weeks away on Saturday, September 23, the southern constellations of summer are still well-placed near the meridian.
A quick, interactive web-based version of Stellarium is available here Tonight's Sky. When you launch the application, it defaults to north-facing and your location (on mobile and desktop).
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