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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Venus

The brightest planet in the sky tonight is Venus, high in the western sky. Venus is moving through the zodiacal constellation Taurus. It is a short distance away from the star cluster Pleiades, which through a pair of binoculars looks like a small dipper. The Pleiades, also nicknamed the Seven Sisters, is a short distance west of the planet.

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Moon, Mars and Regulus

The gibbous moon dominates our sky this weekend. On Monday night, it appears near the bright red planet Mars and both are near the bright star Regulus. All three form a close triangle in the zodiacal constellation Leo. Regulus is the principal and brightest star in Leo. Up against the brighter Mars and the moon, Regulus is not so impressive.

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Full Moon

Sunrise Sunset

Fri., April 6 6:16 7:12

Sat., April 7 6:15 7:13

Sun., April 8 6:13 7:14

Mon., April 9 6:11 7:15

Tues., April 10 6:10 7:16

Wed., April 11 6:08 7:17

Thurs., April 12 6:07 7:18

Fri., April 13 6:05 7:19

Full Moon

Tonight’s full moon appears near the bright star Spica in the zodiacal constellation Virgo. The ringed-planet Saturn is nearby. The three celestial objects form a line with Spica in-between.

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Saturn

Sunrise Sunset

Fri., April 13 6:05 7:19

Sat., April 14 6:03 7:20

Sun., April 15 6:02 7:21

Mon., April 16 6:00 7:22

Tues., April 17 5:59 7:24

Wed., April 18 5:57 7:25

Thurs., April 19 5:56 7:26

Fri., April 20 5:54 7:27

Saturn

The ringed-planet Saturn is in opposition on Sunday, closer to the Earth than at any other time in the past year. You can find Saturn rising in the eastern sky, soon after sunset. Saturn is in the zodiacal constellation Virgo, near the bright star Spica.

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