Mark Alan Lovewell

Mars and Venus

The Earth’s two closest neighboring planets, Mars and Venus, will look so close together in the nights ahead.

You can see them both low in the southwestern sky after sunset and only for a short time. The two are just above the horizon. Venus is the brighter of the two. Mars is faint enough against the light of twilight to be difficult to see. Binoculars will help.

In the nights ahead, the two will get closer and closer. By the middle of July, the two will be less than one degree apart.

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Gibbous Moon and Saturn
Late Monday night the gibbous moon appears right under the bright planet Saturn, low in the southeastern sky.
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Extreme Tides
Tides will get extreme in the coming week.
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Evening Crescent Moon

Tomorrow night’s western sky will host two planets and a thin crescent moon. All three are fairly close to each and close enough to make a show.

The moon appears between the planets Venus and Mars. Venus is the brighter of the two and closest to the horizon. A much fainter Mars is above and slightly to the south of the moon. Venus and the moon are in the zodiacal constellation Gemini. Mars is in the zodiacal constellation Cancer.

Another view is Sunday night, when the moon appears above and really close to Mars.

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Where's the Big Dipper
If you wanted an easier way to find the Big Dipper, Friday is your night.
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Extreme Tides
Tides will continue to be extreme through the coming weekend.
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Mercury, Venus and Mars

Low in the southwestern sky tonight and for the week ahead, the planets Mercury and Venus appear close together. Every night ahead, they get closer. This is a good time to look, for late in the coming week you may miss the two as two; they are that close.

A pair of binoculars will separate them nicely as a pair at the end of next week. Look now and you get to watch the two as they get together. But it is tough finding them, as they are both so close to the southwestern horizon, after sunset.

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Crescent Moon, Mercury and Venus

Vineyard Skies for Friday, May 14, 2021.

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Mercury, Venus and Pleiades
The early evening show continues to get better in the coming week.
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Mercury
This is a great week to look for the most visual challenging planet in our skies.
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