Government calendarKennett Square: Monday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.

East Marlborough Township: Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

New Garden Township: Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Birmingham Township: Monday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

West Marlborough Township: Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Chadds Ford Township: Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.

Planetary watch

The following stream levels were measured this week in the Red Clay Creek near Kennett Square.

Date: Feb. 26, 2008 Flow in cubic feet per second: 42 Minimum for date, cubic feet per second: 15

Mean for date, cubic feet per second: 39 Maximum for date, cubic feet per second: 63

The planet Mercury passed between the earth and sun on the Feb. 6, (inferior conjunction) and cannot be seen at all until about mid-month, when it emerges into the southeastern morning sky not far from Venus. In fact it passed by Venus on Feb. 25. However, current orbital geometry causes this to occur low in the sky, so neither planet is visible until about an hour before sunrise, and are quite low as the sky brightens.

Venus is always bright, but as mentioned with Mercury above, the current orbital geometry dictates that it appear quite low in the southeastern sky, and only for a short while before

Mars still dominates the evening sky in Taurus, but it is receding from the earth and getting smaller and dimmer. In February it is roughly halfway between Aldebaran in Taurus and Pollux in Gemini, near the star cluster M35, high overhead at mid-evening.

Jupiter is in the morning southeast sky, but as with the other two morning planets, Mercury and Venus, the inclination of the ecliptic to the horizon means that this planet appears only low in the sky. However, it appears a bit farther from the sun than Venus or Mercury, so it is a bit better placed. Look for it in Sagittarius, low in the southeast an hour before sunrise. Venus is brighter but lower and to the left.

Saturn is in Leo and opposite the sun on the Feb. 24. It is well placed for viewing all night. It was quite easily seen during the lunar eclipse on the Feb. 20, when it was just to the left of the eclipsed moon.

Red Clay stream watch

The following stream levels were measured this week in the Red Clay Creek near Kennett Square. Date: Feb. 26,2008

Flow in cubic feet per second:42 Minimum for date, cubic feet per second:15

Mean for date, cubic feet per second:39 Maximum for date, cubic feet per second:63

Sun Times

Sunrise, Feb. 28, 6:36 a.m. Sunset, Feb. 28, 5:51 p.m. Hours of sunlight: 11 hours, 15 minutes

Weekend forecast

Friday, Feb. 29, Partly cloudy, High 39, Low 26

Saturday, March 1, Mostly cloudy, High 42, Low 26

Sunday, March 2, Mostly sunny, High 38, Low 31

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