Spring skies from paradise (complete with August sunrays)

Lots of exciting things are happening in the heavens. Jupiter, the brightest “star” in the sky, still dominates the west at nightfall. Orange Mars hovers high in the southeast. It’s still brilliant, even if it will lose half its light during May. And Saturn gives its best showing in six years as it reaches its closest point to Earth next week. As icing on the cake, the normally elusive Mercury is coming into easy visibility as well.

All these planets are arrayed like a string of pearls. If the weather’s clear, join us next Saturday night, May 10 . . .

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