Evening Planets
There are a lot of planets visible tonight and through the weekend. Venus appears low in the southwestern sky after sunset. Mercury is underneath it. Mercury is in the zodiacal constellation Pisces, while Venus is in Taurus.
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Extreme Spring Tides
Tides will be extreme this weekend. Tides will be highest around noon and midnight. Tides will be lowest in the early morning and late afternoon. One can expect to see sandbars that are normally hidden at low tide and at high tide find wracklines settling farther up the beach than normal. Mariners should be prepared, as it will be not the usual tides. If a storm is to coincide, then the chance for tides to be even more extreme may be cause for concern.
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Crescent Moon
The crescent moon appears high in the western sky at the start of the evening this weekend. It is moving through the last of the winter constellations. This weekend the moves through the zodiacal constellation Taurus. It is close to the small star cluster Pleiades tonight and tomorrow night. Early next week, the moon moves through Gemini.
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Daylight Saving Time
What’s the cliche — “It took an act of Congress”? While Congress hasn’t done much lately, through the years there has been agreement to shift the way the nation’s mornings and late afternoons are timed through the changing year. The shift this weekend from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time is still for the moment an unusually nonpartisan issue. Congress has been tweaking with the shift in time for at least 90 years.
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Moon
In the week ahead the late night moon moves through the summer constellations. Tonight, the moon is in the zodiacal constellation Libra and rises late in the evening.
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Full Moon and Saturn
The full moon, the Mud Moon, appears next to the bright planet Saturn on Monday night. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Virgo, and there could not be a better pair to open a new month and herald the approach of spring.
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Mars by Moonlight
On Sunday night the first quarter moon appears high in the eastern sky after sunset. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Taurus and near the star cluster Pleiades. Also called Seven Sisters, the Pleiades is a small star cluster that is easy to spot; it looks like a tiny dipper and is not much bigger than the moon.
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Jupiter, Venus and the Moon
It will be tough, but for anyone with an unobstructed view of the southwestern sky tonight, there is a show to be seen shortly after sunset. The planets Jupiter and Venus appear close together with a thin crescent moon. The three, forming a triangle, will appear amid the glow of twilight.
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Venus and Jupiter
Our twilight skies are in for a big change in the weeks ahead. The brilliant planet Venus makes her debut appearance low in the southwestern sky, right next to Jupiter. Venus is a good deal brighter than Jupiter, and the two will appear side by side for more than a week.
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Moon and Mars
Tonight the gibbous moon appears next to the red planet Mars. The two rise together in the east, as the sun sets in the west. Mars is brilliant, brighter than at any time in the past two years. The moon and Mars are in the zodiacal constellation Cancer, a sign we associate with spring.
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