Big Blue Moon and Extreme Tides
Mark Alan Lovewell
Tides will be again extreme next week as the full moon, a Blue Moon, will be close.
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Mira the Wonderful
Mark Alan Lovewell
Mira is a facinating variable star. For most of the year, it is too faint to see.
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Moon and Morning Planets
Mark Alan Lovewell
The two visible planets, Mars and Jupiter, are remarkably close together in the morning sky.
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In Vineyard Skies: Extreme Tides
Mark Alan Lovewell
You’ll probably notice that tides are running higher and lower than normal in the days and nights ahead.
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First Quarter Moon
Mark Alan Lovewell
Our first quarter moon appears high in the evening sky on Christmas night.
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Jupiter and Mars
Mark Alan Lovewell
The only two visible planets appear high in the southeastern sky an hour or more before sunrise.
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Hidden Planets
Mark Alan Lovewell
Three of the solar system’s planets are huddled together this month and you can’t see them.
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In Vineyard Skies: Holly Moon
Mark Alan Lovewell
Sunday night’s full moon, the Holly Moon, rises at about sunset.
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In Vineyard Skies: Jupiter and Venus
Mark Alan Lovewell
The two brightest planets in our sky, Venus and Jupiter, are separating after spending time close together.
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Crescent Moon, Saturn and Mercury
Mark Alan Lovewell

Two planets, Saturn and Mercury, hover close to the western horizon after sunset this week. On three evenings, from Sunday to Tuesday night, a thin crescent moon also appears. Take a look in the evenings ahead.

The moon will be easiest to see on Monday night when it is higher in the west, and just above the two planets. Mercury is brighter than Saturn but it is much closer to the horizon. Saturn appears right underneath the moon and is easy to pick out. Mercury is under Saturn and bright.

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