Planet Watch
A thin crescent moon appears low in the southeastern sky tomorrow morning, in the zodiacal constellation Leo. For early risers, the moon appears just east of the red planet Mars. It is also near the bright star Regulus to the east. The new moon phase begins in five days.
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Planet Watching
The skies in the weeks ahead are especially interesting for planet watchers, no telescope required. Three planets are easily visible: Venus, Jupiter and Mars.
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Pumpkin Moon
Last month was the harvest moon, and now another full moon comes on Tuesday. If the weather cooperates, the moon will rise in the east at sunset looking like this season’s favorite jack-o’-lantern. The moon appears in the zodiacal constellation Pisces, not far from the brilliant planet Jupiter, also rising in the east.
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Moonlight Fishing
Striped bass fishermen who fish at night know what lure and what bait to use and the exact time of slack tide in their favorite spot. But there is a clear disagreement over the moon’s influence on fishing. Striped bass have acute night vision and can see all the small fish as they swim through the moonlit sea.
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Moon and Mars
A thin crescent moon appears tomorrow morning under the bright red planet Mars. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Cancer. Mars is starting to show signs of brightening high in the eastern sky as it gets closer. The planet is 176 million miles away. Last May, Mars was 213 million miles away.
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Autumn’s Advent
Two bright objects rise in the eastern sky tonight after 9 p.m. — the gibbous moon rises and nearby the bright planet Jupiter. You can’t miss them. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Aries.
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Harvest Moon
The moon dominates our night sky this weekend and will be full on Monday. Call this full moon the Harvest Moon, for it is the closest full moon to the first day of autumn. On Monday, autumn is only 11 days away.
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Moon and Mars
A crescent moon appears tonight in the southern sky. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Libra. Tomorrow night, the moon is even lower, appearing in the constellation Scorpius. The moon is in the first quarter on Sunday night.
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Starry Nights
The Milky Way is especially pretty this time of year. It appears overhead at about 10 p.m., splashed across the sky.
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Late Summer Sky
Tomorrow morning’s last quarter moon rises in the eastern sky at close to midnight. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Taurus.
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