In Vineyard Skies: Last Quarter Moon
Friday night’s last quarter moon rises in the eastern sky near midnight.
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In Vineyard Skies: Gibbous Moon and Jupiter
On Wednesday night, a few hours after sunset, the gibbous moon rises in the eastern sky.
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First Sunset of the New Year
There will be a pretty scene in the western sky after sunset Sunday. The moon, Venus and Mars appear fairly close together.
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In Vineyard Skies: End of the Year Planets
Two planets, Venus and Mars are in the western sky at the close of the year 2016.
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In Vineyard Skies: Winter Is Already Here
Winter’s arrival at 5:44 a.m. on Wednesday will be closely followed by the Ursid meteor shower.
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In Vineyard Skies: Holly Moon
The gibbous moon is in the zodiacal constellation Pisces Friday night.
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In Vineyard Skies: Moon and Mars
On Sunday night the crescent moon appears close to the red planet Mars.
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Saturn and Venus Dance Together
Two bright planets, Venus and Saturn, appear as a close pair Saturday morning, an hour before sunrise.
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First Day of Summer

Summer arrives on Sunday afternoon at 12:38 p.m. Summer begins for us in that moment, though the weather and the signs have been around for a while. The precise time is more a concept than anything we can observe, measure in time, or experience. It is a moment when the overhead sun reaches farthest north above the equator, our time. If one could follow the sun at the zenith on this day and draw a line on the ground, the line would be what appears on maps as the Tropic of Cancer, a ring around the earth, at latitude 23.5 degrees.

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Lunar Eclipse
A lunar eclipse will occur very early Tuesday morning. Over the span of several hours, the moon will fade, its light almost extinguished. At its dimmest, the moon will look like a darkened pumpkin.
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