Mark Alan Lovewell

Morning Planets
Mark Alan Lovewell
It may be the toughest but most worthy sight in the morning.
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Milky Way
Mark Alan Lovewell
Tonight, when you step outside around 9 o’clock, look up.
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Gibbous Moon
Mark Alan Lovewell
The big bright gibbous moon moves through the constellation Leo this weekend.
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Missing Planets
Mark Alan Lovewell

Vineyard Skies for Friday, January 23, 2021.

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Moon Next Week
Mark Alan Lovewell
Tonight’s crescent moon appears high in the southwestern sky.
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The Crescent Moon and Venus
Mark Alan Lovewell

The thin crescent moon appears low in the southeastern sky at dawn this weekend. Saturday morning it will be easiest to see, well above the horizon. The moon will be increasingly difficult to see on Sunday and Monday mornings.

On Monday morning, the moon appears right next to the bright planet Venus, both just above the horizon before sunrise.

In the weeks ahead Venus is about to disappear from our morning view. Enjoy.

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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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