Moon, Antares and Jupiter
A crescent moon appears tonight low in the southwestern sky. The moon is approaching the southern most zodiacal constellation Scorpius. Tomorrow night, the crescent moon appears under the red star Antares, the brightest star in the constellation.
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Moon
Tomorrow night’s crescent moon appears high in the southeastern sky, in the zodiacal constellation Cancer. For those with binoculars, this is a chance to look at one of the largest star clusters visible in the night sky. Near the moon you’ll find a bed of stars closely packed together. The area of the star cluster exceeds the apparent size of the moon. The Beehive Cluster name goes back to ancient astronomers staring up at the night sky. The star cluster looks like bees hovering around a cluster.
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Full Moon
Called the Flower Moon, Monday night’s full moon resides in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius. The moon is one of the southernmost full moons of the year. The moon hangs low in the southern sky all night and is in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius.
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Planets and Stars
The red planet Mars is high in the northwestern sky after sunset. The dull red planet resides in the zodiacal constellation Cancer and this weekend the bright planet is in the star cluster known as The Beehive.
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Crescent Moon and Planets
There is plenty going on in the zodiacal constellation Leo this weekend. It would be interesting to hear what astrologers are offering in the form of advice to those born between July 23 and August 22, those who are in the sign of Leo, the lion.
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Wet 2009
If you are thinking this has been a wet year, you’re right. With two months left in the year, we’ve already hit our annual average of 45 inches. If there is not another rain cloud overhead, if it doesn’t rain even a little bit between now and the end of the year, the Vineyard has already received enough.
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Leonid Meteor Shower
In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the Leonid meteor shower fell short of impressive. Some thought the shower was going to produce a hundred or more meteors in an hour of watching. This observer saw about three meteors in ten minutes.
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Leonid Meteor Shower
The Leonid shower gets its name from where ancient astronomers believed it originated: the meteors appear to radiate from the zodical constellation Leo. Modern-day astronomers know the meteors only appear to come from the constellation. These small particles of debris entering our atmosphere and burning up are in orbit around the sun; much closer than the distant stars of Leo.
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Full Moon
The gibbous moon will dominate the sky over the coming weekend. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Aries over the weekend and slips into the zodiacal constellation Taurus early in the week. The moon is full on Tuesday and has the seasonal name Holly Moon.
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Geminid Meteor Shower
Meteors, also known as shooting stars, sometimes grace our evening sky. They can come from any direction and at any time. Some are brilliant fireballs and some are so faint they are barely visible.
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