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A thin crescent moon will appear low in the west-northwestern sky tomorrow night, right under the bright planet Venus. The two are a sight, a short time after sunset. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Taurus.
The red star Betelgeuse, in the constellation Orion, is to the left of the two.
More Vineyarders will see the moon higher in the sky Sunday night, when the moon appears above Venus. The scene is a pleasant sight no matter which night.
On Tuesday night, the crescent moon appears even higher in the sky and next to the red planet Mars. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Leo.
On Wednesday night, the moon and Mars form a triangle with the bright star Regulus. Regulus is the brightest star in the Leo.
The Big Dipper is overhead at night, at about 9 p.m. We spent much of the winter watching the most popular Northern constellation as it hung close to the northern horizon. Now, in spring, the dipper is at the zenith. The two stars at the tip of the dipper point to the North Star. Though the dipper may move from season to season, the North Star, also named Polaris, remains nearly stationary.