Gibbous Moon

The gibbous moon rises more than an hour after twilight tonight and appears in the zodiacal constellation Aquarius, which we normally associate with autumn.

Moon and Planets

A thin crescent moon will appear low in the southwestern sky tomorrow night. More Vineyarders will see the moon on Sunday night, when it is higher in the west.

Moon and Planets

On Monday night, the first quarter moon appears high in the west and close to the bright red planet Mars. The two are on the western end of the large zodiacal constellation Virgo. On Wednesday night, two nights later, the moon advances to the eastern end of Virgo and appears near the bright yellow planet Saturn and the brilliant blueish star Spica.

Moon and Mars

This weekend we’ll find the crescent moon high in the southwestern sky after sunset. It meets up with the red planet Mars on Tuesday night and Saturn on Thursday night.

Disappearing Act

Venus, the wonderful bright planet that has been a presence in our western sky since winter, is gone. Venus appears so close to the sun now that it cannot be seen.

Venus and Jupiter in the Morning

Where is Venus now? This past Tuesday, the second closest planet to the sun passed between the Earth and the sun, appearing as a dot before our star. Many astronomers observed the unusual transit of Venus using special solar telescopes.

Moon, Venus and Jupiter

Sunday morning offers an impressive sight for those up early, particularly for those who have a clear, unobstructed view of the eastern sky. A thin crescent moon appears right next to the bright planet Jupiter, low in the east. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Taurus.

Changing Planet Patterns

Say goodbye to Venus. Each night this month, the brightest planet appears lower in the western sky after sunset. By June, Venus will be gone from view for skywatchers on the Vineyard.

Changing Planets

Change is ahead for the three visible evening planets. Venus, which has dominated our evening sky for months, is appearing lower in the sky. After sunset, Venus still appears high in the west, but it is already substantially lower than it was just two weeks ago. Venus will disappear from our sights in two weeks.

Disappearing Venus

Say goodbye to Venus this month. The brightest planet, which sits high in the western sky after sunset, has attracted plenty of attention so far this year. The brilliant planet was the subject of a story last month about an Air Canada airline pilot who altered his flight pattern, thinking he was too close to another airplane. What he took to be another airplane was in fact Venus.