Mark Alan Lovewell

Crescent Moon, Mars and Venus
Next Friday morning you can see three celestial objects together in the southeastern sky before sunrise.
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Chilmark Gets Acquainted with New School

The community came to celebrate the opening and explore the new Chilmark School on Tuesday night. While the air outside was wintry, inside parents and children drew warmth from friendly teachers standing in their new classrooms. It was a first visit for most to the new facility.

School principal Kathy Collins was quick to show off the pride teachers and students were already feeling about their new building. The 44 students made their move into the school on Monday, Dec. 13th. Just a week later, the place was their daytime home.

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Move Begins into New Chilmark School

The $3.6 million Chilmark School is done. No sooner had the contractor finished the work on Tuesday than school principal Kathy Collins and others began moving boxes into the new building.

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Where is Venus?
The once dominant planet in our evening sky, Venus has disappeared and won’t reappear until late this month.
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Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury

Three planets hover over the western sky tonight after sunset. We’ve all been watching the brightest of them all, Jupiter high in the western sky. Saturn is underneath and to the right. The harder to spot planet Mercury is right there to the right and lower than Saturn.

All three planets, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury form a perfect line. If you can spot at least two of them you’ll be able to see the third in fairly close proximity.

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Last Chance Four Planets
This weekend is probably your last chance to see all four visible planets lined up in the southwestern sky right after sunset.
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Four Planets

Four of the visible planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mercury, will appear together in the southwestern skies a short time after sunset.

We’ve been watching Venus, the brightest of them all for weeks. Jupiter is the second brightest and appears above and to the left of Venus. Look in between Venus and Jupiter for the bright planet Saturn.

These three have been staging a pleasant show throughout the fall.

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Comet Leonard
The faint comet, Comet Leonard, will appear right under the planet Venus tomorrow night.
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Geminid Meteor Shower
The Geminids Meteor Shower, usually the largest meteor shower of the year takes place next Monday night.
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Mars
We’ve missed the red planet Mars. For much of this year until late summer, Mars hung high in our southern and southwestern sky in the evening.
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