Government calendarKennett Square: Monday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.

East Marlborough Township: Monday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

New Garden Township: Monday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Birmingham Township: Monday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

West Marlborough Township: Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Chadds Ford Township: Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.

Farmers' Almanac predicts pleasant

The Farmers' Almanac conditions though Saturday. On Sunday through Wednesday there will be scattered thunderstorms for the Mid-Atlantic states and showers into New England, all followed by clearing skies.

Planetary Watch

The planet Mercury heads for superior conjunction (in line with the sun but on the far side of the sun), so it is basically unobservable this month until the last few days, when it may be sighted in the western sky after sunset. toward the rising sun to be Venus has sunk too low seen easily this month. Determined observers may catch is very low as the sky brightens, but observing continues to deteriorate until it is lost altogether. It re-emerges in the western twlight in July. well placed, high in the

Mars continues to be western sky in Gemini as the sun sets. Most of the month it remains between the two lines of stars marking the Twins' bodies, just slipping outside that area by the 20th. While still in the Gemini, it is edging slowly toward Cancer. Mars's brightness is slowly diminishing, and it shows only a small disk in small telescopes. of hours before the sun, Jupiter rises a number but the geometry keeps it fairly low in the southern sky. Even still, it remains an impressive sight in a small telescope.

Regulus in Leo, is

Saturn, still near approaching the meridian (when it crosses the north-south line) at sunset and is well placed for observation all month. About a half magnitude brighter than Mars, Saturn is a great target for a small telescope. The rings are easily visible right now, but orbital motions are making them appear thinner (more edge-on) each month. They will be nearly edge on (and perhaps invisible) in December and January.

Sun Times

Sunrise, May 1: 6 a.m. p.m.

Sunset, May 1: 7:56 hours, 55 minutes, 39

Amount of sunlight: 13 seconds

Weekend Forecast howers, High 75, Low 58

Friday, May 2, A few

Cloudy, High 64, Low 52

Saturday, May 3, Showers, High 66, Low 51

Sunday, May 4, Showers, High 66, Low 51

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