Mark Alan Lovewell

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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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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