• Ray Ewing

Anchored by Venus

The moon has left our evening sky and is more favorably placed for viewing early in the morning. Our nights now are particularly dark, so there is an opportunity to enjoy seeing a possible shooting star. Without the moon in the sky, the faintest of stars, even the Milky Way, are available for viewing.

It is hard to imagine, but early Tuesday morning the thin crescent moon appears in the zodiacal constellation Taurus, a constellation we associate more with late autumn and winter.

Then on Thursday morning, if you are up around 3 a.m., the moon appears near the bright planet Venus. The two are close to the zodiacal constellation Gemini.

Venus is beautiful, prior to sunrise, hanging just above the horizon. We’ve seen it an hour before sunrise, outshining all the celestial objects in the sky. On the waterfront, it looks like an anchor light at the top of a distant mast.

We have about two more months of Venus before it slips from a morning planet to an evening planet. The best viewing is now and into August.
 

Sunrise and Sunset
DaySunriseSunset
Fri., July 185:228:12
Sat., July 195:238:11
Sun., July 205:248:11
Mon., July 215:248:10
Tues., July 225:258:09
Wed., July 235:268:08
Thurs., July 245:278:07
Fri., July 255:288:06

Temperatures and Precipitations
DayMax (Fº)Min (Fº)Inches
July 1179670.02
July 1280580.00
July 1380650.00
July 1479680.00
July 1579700.01
July 1676700.04
July 1774671.06

 

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 74º F

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