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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Moving Venus
The brightest planet in the western sky is about to dramatically shift its place in the heavens. You have seen it if you have been outside after sunset. Venus is a spectacle, the brightest “star” in the sky.
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Venus and Saturn
Our skies at night have two planetary visitors. Venus is high in the western sky after sunset, and at the same time there is the ringed planet, Saturn, rising in the east. Both are bright and easy to spot.
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Venus
Venus, the brightest planet in our evening sky, is getting a bit more difficult to spot, appearing lower in the western sky than a week ago. The planet is sinking. By April, Venus shifts from an evening planet to a morning planet.
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Spring is Here
Today is the first day of spring and it arrived precisely at 7:44 a.m. This is the moment when the noontime sun crosses from the Southern Hemisphere, across the Equator, and into our Northern Hemisphere. From here on our days will get longer than our nights. Day and night are about even, at 12 hours, though the actual moment of sunrise and sunset is not so exact.
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Venus
It was only a few weeks ago that Venus was high in the western sky at sunset. We got a number of calls from observers who wondered what that bright planet was residing high in the west after sunset. Tonight you can’t find it in the night sky.
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Old Full Moon
The one-day old Full Moon appears tonight in the zodiacal constellation Libra. The moon is already moving into the constellations we associate with summer. On Sunday night, the moon appears low in the Southern sky, in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius. The red star Antares appears nearby.
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Moon Amid the Planets
The crescent moon moves amid the planets early in the week, but only early-morning risers will have the best view.
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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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