April Star Showers
The Lyrid meteor shower is tonight. For those who love to sit out on a still night and watch shooting stars, tonight is the first big opportunity for the year. If the weather does not cooperate, there may be something to see tomorrow night too.
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Let’s Talk About Our Future
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Moon and Saturn
Two of the brightest nighttime celestial objects will rise together in the eastern sky tonight. Saturn and the moon are in the east and closest on Sunday night when it is full. On the Vineyard, we call that full moon the Daffodil Moon, to coincide with the seasonal arrival of the Vineyard’s favorite spring flower.
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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.
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Saturn
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. \
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Crescent Moon
The morning crescent moon appears amid constellations we normally associate with autumn like Aquarius and Capricornus. Hard to imagine that, while this is the first week of spring, the stars at dawn are so far ahead in the year. The moon is in Sagittarius, the southernmost zodiacal constellation this weekend. The moon appears farther eastward.
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Full Moon
Tomorrow night’s full moon has the name Mud Moon. The Old Farmer’s Almanac calls it the Worm Moon, but on the Vineyard, we don’t see worms for weeks to come. We’ve got mud.
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Moon and Saturn
Tomorrow night’s first quarter moon appears high in the west in the zodiacal constellation Taurus, soon after sunset. The moon hangs in the western sky for hours.
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Crescent Moon
A thin crescent moon appears low in the southwestern sky this weekend. The moon will be visible on Sunday night when it appears next to the bright planet Jupiter. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Pisces.
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Moon and Venus
The moon hasn’t disappeared though you can’t find it after the dinner hour. It is merely a resident of the early morning sky this weekend. For those who rise early, the moon appears low in the southeast in the crescent phase.
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