Venus, Jupiter and Meteors
The planet Venus is about as close to the earth as it gets, about 25 million miles away. Finding it in the sky is especially difficult right now, because it is between the earth and the sun. But spotting will get easier in the mornings ahead. Earth’s nearest neighbor has shifted from being a sunset to a sunrise planet.
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Full Moon
Tonight’s full moon rises in the east at the same time as the sun sets. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Aries, one of the smallest constellations in the sky.
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New Moon Tides
The tides this week and through the weekend will be abnormally high and low, due to the nearing new moon phase. The moon was in perigee on Wednesday and is in the new moon phase today.
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Moon and Winter
How far away is winter? If you step outside at midnight, winter already is here. All the constellations of the night at midnight are what we can expect to see in January after the sun has set.
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Venus, Mars and Jupiter
Our two nearest neighboring planets are now low in the western sky after sunset. Venus, which was a beacon all summer, is now so close to the horizon at dusk that it is difficult to find. Mars is faint and nearby.
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Pumpkin Moon
The gibbous moon appears in the southeastern sky tonight. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus.
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Moon and Planets
A thin crescent moon appears low in the southwestern sky tonight, under the planets Venus and Mars and under the bright star Spica. Those with a clear view of the western horizon have the best chance to see them all together, shortly after sunset. The view is for a short time, for they all set together with twilight two hours after sunset. All are in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.
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Moonless Weekend
There is a peek of autumn this week, if you go outside after 10 p.m. Without the moon showing its brilliant personality, the stars will be bright and vivid.
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Venus
The brightest planet in the western sky is Venus, and it can easily be seen an hour after sunset. In the coming week, our nearest planet appears close to one of the brightest stars of the summer, Spica. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.
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Moon
Tonight’s gibbous moon appears low in the zodiac, in the constellation Sagittarius. The moon spends the night in the South. For those who visit South Beach at night, the moon marks a sparkling trail from the viewer to just under the moon. The size of the sparkles will be guided by how turbulent the sea is under the moon.
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