Mark Alan Lovewell

Planets Align
Mark Alan Lovewell

An unusual gathering of three planets can be viewed low in the southwestern sky soon after sunset. Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are forming a tight triangle.

For weeks we've been watching as Jupiter gradually pulls away from the ringed planet Saturn. Seeing the two has been a challenge, as both are close to the southwestern horizon. Then they set.

Planet gazing gets a little more interesting next week, as Mercury appears right beneath the two others.

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End of the Year Planets
Mark Alan Lovewell
The planets Jupiter and Saturn continue to appear close together.
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Jupiter and Saturn
Mark Alan Lovewell
The planets Jupiter and Saturn are in conjunction.
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Geminid Meteor Shower
Mark Alan Lovewell
The best meteor shower of the year takes place Sunday night.
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Visible Planets
Mark Alan Lovewell
The two largest planets in the solar system are easy to find low in the southwestern sky after sunset.
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Jupiter and Saturn
Mark Alan Lovewell
The two largest planets in the solar system are about to appear quite close.
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Mars and Gibbous Moon
Mark Alan Lovewell
The moon and Mars will be together on Wednesday evening, the evening before Thanksgiving.
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Leonids Meteor Shower
Mark Alan Lovewell
A relatively small meteor shower, the Leonids takes place on the evening of Monday, Nov. 16 and into the early morning of the next day.
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Venus and the Crescent Moon
Mark Alan Lovewell
Venus is the easiest and brightest planet to spot high in the east in the morning.
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Blue Moon
Mark Alan Lovewell

Tomorrow we have a Blue Moon, a full moon. While there is no color change, the name of a color refers more to its rarity. You won’t see anything unusual when you look up this weekend.

A Blue Moon occurs on the second full moon of a month. We had a full moon at the start of October and this one comes on the last day of the month Halloween. What is truly rare is that this one falls on Halloween night, when little gobblins and witches are roaming. In fact, if you do the math every time the moon is full on Halloween Night, it is a Blue Moon.

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