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.
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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