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.

Gibbous Moon

Tonight’s gibbous moon appears low in the southern sky in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius. The moon’s intense brightness will dominate the starry night sky this weekend. The Sailor’s Moon, is on Wednesday.

Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower, a favorite astronomical event of the summer, will take place on the evenings of August 11 through 13. Pick your night. Unfortunately, a gibbous moon will dominate the early morning sky. Whenever the moon shows up, meteors become less visible.

Moon and Planets

The crescent moon appears near Mars and Venus in the mornings ahead. The moon first appears above Mars tomorrow morning, early. The time to look is well before 5 a.m. The moon and Mars are in Taurus.

In Vineyard Skies

Sunrise Sunset

Fri., Sept. 25 6:31 6:34

Sat., Sept. 26 6:32 6:32

Sun., Sept. 27 6:33 6:30

Mon., Sept. 28 6:34 6:29

Tues., Sept. 29 6:35 6:27

Wed., Sept. 30 6:36 6:25

Thurs., Oct. 1 6:37 6:24

Fri., Oct. 2 6:39 6:22

Jupiter and Moon