Crescent Moon

A thin crescent moon will appear low in the western sky early in the evening on Monday. Only those with an excellent view of the western sky have a good chance of seeing it then, so consider a beach stroll at Menemsha, an ideal spot.

Strawberry Moon

Sunday night’s full moon appears in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius. It is time for the Strawberry Moon. This is as far south as the Full Moon gets and it always takes place in June. Just as astronomers report that the noontime sun is at the highest on the day of summer solstice, the full moon of June is always the lowest full moon of the year.

Moon and Jupiter

Tomorrow night’s gibbous moon appear close to the bright planet Jupiter in the southeastern sky. The two rise in the east well before midnight. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus.

Moon and Planets

Tomorrow morning offers a pretty sight close to the eastern horizon. The crescent moon appears in the light of dawn, to the east of the planets Venus and Mars. Venus and Mars appear as a close pair, only two degrees apart. Venus is the brighter of the two planets. Mars is a dull red.


The brilliant star in the southern sky is Spica. Spica appears almost due south soon after sunset and it is readily noticeable with its distinct bluish white color. Spica is one of the brightest stars in our night sky and the principal star in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.

Moon and Saturn

Tomorrow night’s crescent moon appears under the bright planet Saturn. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Leo. Saturn is the ringed planet and looks great through a telescope. Anyone with a powerful scope will have no trouble pointing it toward the planet and the moon.

June Rainfall

The Vineyard saw plenty of rain in June. The total for the month was 3.67 inches, according to the National Weather Service cooperative station in Edgartown.

Four Planets

The ringed planet Saturn appears high in the western sky after sunset. Saturn outshines all the stars in the west; it is in the zodiacal constellation Leo and is moving toward the constellation Virgo.

Moon and Planets

A thin crescent moon appears close to the red planet Mars tomorrow morning. Look east more than an hour before sunrise. The two celestial objects are in the zodiacal constellation Taurus. Mars is just to the west of the Moon and looks a dull red. Beneath the Moon and a short distance away you’ll find the bright planet Venus. The Moon and Venus will be closer together on Sunday morning.

Moon and Saturn

Tonight’s thin crescent moon appears low in the southwestern sky near the ringed planet Saturn. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Leo.