The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News

January 31, 2015 9:18 PM

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Two of the Earth’s nearest planetary neighbors, Venus and Mars, appear in the western sky. Brilliant Venus is the easiest planet to spot right after sunset. It is so brilliant, and looks like an approaching airplane with landing lights on. Venus appears amid the glow of twilight.

Look carefully and you might see Mars, which is much fainter. Mars, the reddish planet, appears above Venus and to the left. Mars has been in our western sky for many months and it will remain low in the west well into spring. The planet is 193 million miles away, more than twice the distance from ...

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