This is the month for looking at Saturn. In the coming week the ringed planet is closer to the earth than at any other time in the year. Saturn rises in the east at sunset and sets in the west at sunrise. \

Vineyard Skies

The moon has appeared higher in our western sky over the last few days. Tonight, the crescent moon appears in the zodiacal constellation Taurus, a constellation we associate with winter but now only appears for a short time at the end of the day and the start of night.

Moon in the Morning

There will be a pretty scene early in the morning this weekend, for those who rise and can watch dawn. The thin crescent moon will pass by two of our brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter.

Fireworks Night

A large full moon will appear rising over Chappaquiddick soon after sunset on the night of the fireworks, Wednesday, July 4. The moon, also called the Fisherman’s Moon, will reach adequate height in the east to be a part of someone’s photograph of the fireworks.

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.