Fleeting Mercury

The hardest planet to see could be easy to spot tonight and tomorrow night. Mercury appears low in the southwestern sky after sunset, in the familiar star cluster Pleiades.

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Honey Moon

Tomorrow is the full moon, known this month as the Honey Moon. The moon rises in the east at about the time the sun sets in the west and is in the zodiacal constellation Libra.

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Rings High Above

The ringed planet Saturn hangs high in the evening sky. On one of the clearest evenings the Vineyard has had this month, we had no trouble finding the planet right under the zodiacal constellation Leo. The planet is not as bright as we’ve seen in past years.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spica

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.

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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.

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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.

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