In Vineyard Skies: Moon, Venus and Mars
Mark Alan Lovewell

On Tuesday night, three bright celestial objects hang high in the western sky in a close triangle after sunset. The thin crescent moon appears near two planets, Venus and Mars. The moon gets even closer to Venus on Wednesday night, the first night of February.

There is no mistaking Venus, the brightest planet in the sky. Finding Mars takes a little more effort. Mars is considerably fainter and the farthest of the three.

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In Vineyard Skies: Last Quarter Moon
Mark Alan Lovewell
Friday night’s last quarter moon rises in the eastern sky near midnight.
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In Vineyard Skies: Gibbous Moon and Jupiter
Mark Alan Lovewell
On Wednesday night, a few hours after sunset, the gibbous moon rises in the eastern sky.
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First Sunset of the New Year
Mark Alan Lovewell
There will be a pretty scene in the western sky after sunset Sunday. The moon, Venus and Mars appear fairly close together.
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In Vineyard Skies: End of the Year Planets
Mark Alan Lovewell
Two planets, Venus and Mars are in the western sky at the close of the year 2016.
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In Vineyard Skies: Winter Is Already Here
Mark Alan Lovewell
Winter’s arrival at 5:44 a.m. on Wednesday will be closely followed by the Ursid meteor shower.
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In Vineyard Skies: Holly Moon
Mark Alan Lovewell
The gibbous moon is in the zodiacal constellation Pisces Friday night.
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In Vineyard Skies: Moon and Mars
Mark Alan Lovewell
On Sunday night the crescent moon appears close to the red planet Mars.
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Saturn and Venus Dance Together
Mark Alan Lovewell
Two bright planets, Venus and Saturn, appear as a close pair Saturday morning, an hour before sunrise.
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First Day of Summer
Mark Alan Lovewell

Summer arrives on Sunday afternoon at 12:38 p.m. Summer begins for us in that moment, though the weather and the signs have been around for a while. The precise time is more a concept than anything we can observe, measure in time, or experience. It is a moment when the overhead sun reaches farthest north above the equator, our time. If one could follow the sun at the zenith on this day and draw a line on the ground, the line would be what appears on maps as the Tropic of Cancer, a ring around the earth, at latitude 23.5 degrees.

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