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Before sunrise on the mornings of September 9 and 10, 2015, use the waning crescent moon to locate the planets Venus and Mars. Dazzling Venus is the most brilliant starlike object in all the heavens, ranking in brilliance only after the sun and moon. So it’ll be hard to miss Venus near the moon in the east for the next several days.
Mars is fainter, but Venus and the moon – and a very optimum sky, and possibly a pair of binoculars – should help you spot it.
By the morning of September 11, the moon will be near the star Regulus – brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion – as it slides downward toward the sunrise point on the horizon.
And Jupiter? It’s shown on our chart, at top. But Jupiter is very near the sunrise, and you’ll need exceptional sky conditions to spot it this week. Keep watching, and Jupiter should come into view by about the middle of September.
Thank you, Skeen! I appreciate this information and I hope others do as well!
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Calendar day; September 8, 2015

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Tuesday, the 8th of September, 2015 is the 251th day in 2015 and in the 37th calendar week.
General Events:
International Literacy Day
September 8, 2015 in the World
International Literacy Day is observed worldwide on September 08, 2015. The day was proclaimed by UNESCO on November 17, 1965 and first celebrated in 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.
Some 776 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women; 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. Next to the writer’s engagement, there are various companies and charity organizations that support the fight against illiteracy. Literacy Day also signifies the recognition of the country to strive towards total and complete literacy for the nation.
Literacy has been described as the ability to read for knowledge and write coherently and think critically about the written word. Literacy can also include the ability to understand all forms of communication, be it body language, pictures, video or sound (reading, speaking, listening and viewing). Evolving definitions of literacy often include all the symbol systems relevant to a particular community.
Where is Literacy Day?
Worldwide
International Pardon Day
September 8, 2015 in the World
On the 8th of September back in 1974, President Gerald Ford presented a rather controversial Presidential Proclamation. This proclamation pardoned Richard M. Nixon of all wrongdoing that was related to that most famous of American scandals, the Watergate affair. Richard made very clear that he felt he had committed grievous wrong-doings against the people of the United States and the seat they had granted him.
While you are unlikely to be in a position to grant a presidential pardon, what you can do is be more forgiving on International Pardon Day. If you are holding a grudge against those who have committed some offense against you, Pardon Day grants you a valid reason to examine your feelings and the time that has passed, and to let that resentment and anger go.
What is known about forgiveness is that it is an act that brings happiness to those who give it, one can release the hold on the negative emotions they’re harboring in themselves, but they cannot release the associated guilt for the person who committed the act. As a result, forgiveness is for the one giving it, rather than the one who committed the transgression. Research has shown that those who have chosen to give up resentments live longer lives as a result to an improvement in their cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Another, perhaps more difficult way to celebrate is to take the time to examine the grudges you carry with you on a day to day basis. To think them over and determine if it’s truly worth carrying that anger and resentment forward. Take International Pardon Day to set them, and yourself, free from the toxic weight you’re carrying. You can do it via email, in person, over coffee, or you can write them a letter. If they’ve passed on, don’t let that stand in your way, write a letter with everything you’d like to say in it, and then burn it to set it free.
Where is International Pardon Day?
Worldwide
Independence Dayof the Republic of Macedonia
September 8, 2015 in Macedonia
Independence Dayof the Republic of Macedonia is celebrated on September 08, 2015. It has been a national holiday since 1991, when a Referendum for Independence took place. The Republic of Macedonia gained its independence from Yugoslavia, where it was a federal state, and became a sovereign parliamentary democracy.
Where is Independence Dayof the Republic of Macedonia?
Nationwide Macedonia
World Physical Therapy Day
September 8, 2015 in the World
The human body is remarkably easy to damage and break, and no more so than when participating in strenuous physical activity such as sporting or athletic activity.
Physical therapists work to undo damage, educate on healthy behaviour and to restore lost or damaged functionality. Physical Therapy Day, then, is dedicated to these professionals throughout the world, and aims to recognise their commitment to keeping us all fighting-fit.
Where is World Physical Therapy Day?
Worldwide
National Ants On A Log Day
September 8, 2015 in the USA
The 2nd Tuesday of September of each year has been declared National Ants On A Log Day.  This day recognizes this iconic and healthy food snack enjoyed by millions of people across the USA and around the world.
Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top.  The snack name was first used in the 1950s.  The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack.
Early September is a time when kids are headed back to school and more importantly, back to studying. To keep them (and their parents) fueled with brain food is an important tool for staying focused.  The designation is to celebrate and encourage healthy snacking using one of the most iconic treats that both old and new generations enjoy.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 8th September:
1264 – The Statute of Kalisz, guaranteeing Jews safety and personal liberties and giving battei din jurisdiction over Jewish matters, is promulgated by Boleslaus the Pious, Duke of Greater Poland
1380 – Battle on Kulikovo: Moscow’s great monarch Dimitri beats Mongols beginning the decline of the Tatars
1449 – Battle of Tumu Fortress – Mongolians capture the Chinese emperor
1522 – Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completing 1st circumnavigation of the globe (expedition began under Ferdinand Magellan)
1565 – 1st permanent settlement in US forms (St Augustine, Florida)
1628 – Bay of Matanzas Cuba: Piet Heyn captures Spanish silver fleet
1664 – Dutch surrender New Amsterdam (NY) to 300 English soldiers
1727 – A barn fire during a puppet show in the village of Burwell in Cambridgeshire, England kills 78 people, many of whom are children
1760 – French army surrenders Montreal to General Jeffrey Amherst
1858 – Abraham Lincoln supposedly says in a speech “You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time”
1888 – In England the first six Football League matches ever are played.
1900 – 6,000 killed when a hurricane & tidal wave strikes Galveston, Texas
1914 – Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during WW1
1923 – Honda Point Disaster: nine US Navy destroyers run aground off the California coast. Seven are lost
1930 – 1st appearance of comic strip “Blondie”
1937 – Pan Arab conference about Palestine opens
1941 – Entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania, is exterminated
1944 – 1st V-2 rockets land in London & Antwerp
1945 – Hideki Tojo, Japanese PM during most of WW II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal attempt fails, later he is hanged
1946 – Bulgaria ends monarchy
1947 – British government sails “Exodus” with fugitives from Nazis
1954 – SE Asia Treaty Org (SEATO) forms to stop communist spread in SE Asia
1960 – Nationwide release (US) of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh
1962 – Chinese troops exceed Mac-Mahon-line (Tibet-India boundary)
1966 – “Star Trek” premieres on NBC-TV
1967 – Uganda abolishes traditional tribal kingdoms, becomes a republic
1970 – Hijacking (and subsequent destruction) of three airliners to Jordan by Palestinians; the events to follow would later become known as Black September
1974 – US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes
1982 – Dutch social democratic party wins elections, fascist enters Dutch parliament
1989 – Mausoleum of Beatrice of Brabant (1288) discovered in Kortrijk, Belgium
1991 – Macedonia votes for independence from Yugoslavia
1994 – Last US, British & French troops leave West Berlin

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