Mark Alan Lovewell

Venus and Crescent Moon
Mark Alan Lovewell
Take a look tomorrow night in the western sky for a thin crescent moon appearing near the bright planet Venus.
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Planets
Mark Alan Lovewell

Change is coming to our evening sky. The bright planet Venus now captivating viewers is going to drop out of view in the next month.

Venus is high in the western sky after sunset, as high as it will get in the evening sky. Pay attention and you’ll notice each night ahead. It will appear lower. By the end of May it will have dropped from view.

If you are up late at night you’ll see two of the solar system’s largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, appear together low in the eastern sky. Jupiter is the brighter of the two.

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Betelgeuse is Back
Mark Alan Lovewell
One of the bright stars of winter, Betelgeuse is back. Betelgeuse is a principle star in the zodiacal constellation Orion. Betelgeuse is high in the west after sunset.
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Venus and the Pleiades
Mark Alan Lovewell
Take a look in the western skies this weekend for Venus as it moves through the star cluster Pleiades.
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Crescent Moon and Venus
Mark Alan Lovewell

There is a pretty sight in the southwestern sky tonight. A thin crescent moon appears under the brilliant planet Venus. The two are fairly close.

The sight isn’t that much different if you look tomorrow night, though the moon will be higher in the sky, above Venus.

The two are under the zodiacal constellation Taurus. The star cluster Pleiades, that small star cluster of stars in Taurus is nearby.

Tomorrow night the three form a triangle. The Pleiades is considerably fainter than the other two.

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Camp Ground by Candlelight: The 133rd Illumination Night

For Robert C. Cleasby, program director at the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, there's no better time for singing and celebrating than tomorrow evening, minutes before the start of Illumination Night.

Illumination Night coincides with the culmination of many wonderful aspects of summer on the Vineyard. "This is the major Camp Ground festival as far as summer goes," Mr. Cleasby said. "It's the really fun one."

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