Saturn emerges just above our second Full Moon this month, the Full “Corn” Moon. Just a few days ago, Saturn reached “opposition”, a position directly opposite the Sun. Full Moon’s represent the same positioning, opposite the Sun in our skies. It also places them due south at local midnight, or 1:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

Jupiter now rises less than 3 hours after sunset, a gain of about 2 hours from the beginning of August. It climbs above the east-northeast horizon close to 10 o’clock, and reaches about one quarter of the way up by midnight, at which point it appears due east. It rises one half-hour early each week through the fall.

Venus is just starting an extended morning display for early risers, lasting into the beginning of 2024. Our planetary neighbor rises in the east-northeast near 4:15 AM, but is placed much better for viewing, still quite low, from 5 to 5:45 AM, when twilight begins to overwhelm it. Venus rises earlier, and climbs higher through November 1st.