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Fri., Oct. 9 6:46 6:10

Sat., Oct. 10 6:47 6:09

Sun., Oct. 11 6:48 6:07

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Sunrise Sunset

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Mon., Oct. 5 6:42 6:17

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Mercury

Mercury is one of the most difficult visible planets to spot, always close to the glare of the sun. In the week ahead there is a rare opportunity to see Mercury. The planet is low in the west southwestern sky, above the bright planet Jupiter, soon after sunset. The two are a pair amid the light of twilight. They are less than 2 degrees apart tonight.

Venus

The bright planet in the western sky, Venus, will dominate the skies through the remainder of the winter. This weekend is an ideal time to enjoy our nearest planetary neighbor, in all of its glory.

Jupiter and Mercury

Two planets that began the year low in the western sky at sunset are now gone, leaving Venus alone.

Starry Nights

With the moon in new moon phase on Monday, skies will be moonless this weekend, and ideal for stargazing. From sunset to nearly sunrise, through the weekend, the sky is without the brilliant moon to interfere. If the weather cooperates, even the faintest of stars will be viewable.

Snow Moon and Spring

Next Monday night’s Snow Moon, a full moon, appears in the zodiacal constellation Cancer, a constellation we associate with spring. Though snow was in the air this week, spring isn’t that far away. More stars of spring start showing up late in the evening, after 11 p.m.

Snow Moon and Spring

Next Monday night’s Snow Moon, a full moon, appears in the zodiacal constellation Cancer, a constellation we associate with spring. Though snow was in the air this week, spring isn’t that far away. More stars of spring start showing up late in the evening, after 11 p.m.

Love Planet

Venus, the goddess of love, is high in the western sky tonight and for the nights ahead. The showing doesn’t get any better than this, especially since it coincides with Valentine’s Day tomorrow. The planet is high in the west at sunset, speeding along through the stars, keeping ahead of the movement of the sun.

Crescent Moon

A thin crescent moon hangs low in the east-southeastern sky mornings this weekend. The moon appears close to the horizon and alongside three planets: Mercury, Jupiter and Mars. You’ll need help with a pair of binoculars to be certain to catch all of them amid the glare of dawn. Jupiter is the brightest of the three planets and in the middle. Mercury is to the right of Jupiter. Mars is to to the left of Jupiter. The eastern sky has to be clear down to the horizon and the timing has to be right. Look more than a half hour before sunrise. The field of view is only a few degrees. On Monday morning the moon appears even closer to the horizon and the three planets are to the right.

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