Tonight’s gibbous moon appears low in the zodiac, in the constellation Sagittarius. The moon spends the night in the South. For those who visit South Beach at night, the moon marks a sparkling trail from the viewer to just under the moon. The size of the sparkles will be guided by how turbulent the sea is under the moon.


The brightest planet in the western sky is Venus, and it can easily be seen an hour after sunset. In the coming week, our nearest planet appears close to one of the brightest stars of the summer, Spica. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.

Moonless Weekend

There is a peek of autumn this week, if you go outside after 10 p.m. Without the moon showing its brilliant personality, the stars will be bright and vivid.

Moon and Planets

A thin crescent moon appears low in the southwestern sky tonight, under the planets Venus and Mars and under the bright star Spica. Those with a clear view of the western horizon have the best chance to see them all together, shortly after sunset. The view is for a short time, for they all set together with twilight two hours after sunset. All are in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.

Pumpkin Moon

The gibbous moon appears in the southeastern sky tonight. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus.

Venus, Mars and Jupiter

Our two nearest neighboring planets are now low in the western sky after sunset. Venus, which was a beacon all summer, is now so close to the horizon at dusk that it is difficult to find. Mars is faint and nearby.

Moon and Winter

How far away is winter? If you step outside at midnight, winter already is here. All the constellations of the night at midnight are what we can expect to see in January after the sun has set.

Full Moon

Tonight’s full moon rises in the east at the same time as the sun sets. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Aries, one of the smallest constellations in the sky.

Venus, Jupiter and Meteors

The planet Venus is about as close to the earth as it gets, about 25 million miles away. Finding it in the sky is especially difficult right now, because it is between the earth and the sun. But spotting will get easier in the mornings ahead. Earth’s nearest neighbor has shifted from being a sunset to a sunrise planet.

Daylight Saving Time

Like the rest of the country, the Vineyard will shift from Standard to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday morning. “Spring forward, fall back,” as they say. The concept is that clocks should be turned back an hour. But for those who own old windup clocks, and many with battery-run mechanical clocks, it is better to turn the clock forward eleven hours. Turning a clock ahead instead of back is less punishment on the interior delicate gears.