• Timothy Johnson

Saturn and Mars

The gibbous moon appears between the planets Saturn and Mars Saturday night. The three celestial objects are in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius and appear above the horizon after midnight early Sunday morning.

Look again the following night and the moon and Mars are a close pair.

Mars has brightened significantly since winter. The planet is now brighter than Saturn and with its distinct reddish color, looks like a ruby red jewel. The three celestial objects are in a constellation we associate with summer.

Venus and Jupiter, two bright planets in our early evening sky, can be observed at the same time, but it takes effort. Venus is low in the southwestern sky after sunset. And just before setting in the west, you may notice the bright planet Jupiter rising in the east. Jupiter and Venus are the brightest of visible planets in our sky.

It is a lot easier to take note of Venus setting in the west after sunset, but take another look later in the evening and see Jupiter high in the eastern sky.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., May 4 5:34 7:42
Sat., May 5 5:33 7:43
Sun., May 6 5:32 7:44
Mon., May 7 5:31 7:45
Tues., May 8 5:30 7:46
Wed., May 9 5:28 7:47
Thurs., May 10 5:27 7:48
Fri. May 11 5:26 7:49

Temperatures and Precipitation
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
April 27 64 42 T
April 28 60 46 0.17
April 29 65 42 T
April 30 58 38 0.04
May 1 56 40 0.00
May 2 66 50 T
May 3 78 53 0.00



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