A thin crescent moon rises early in the morning tomorrow. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Aquarius, a constellation we normally associate with autumn and late summer. It appears Sunday and Monday mornings, but even closer to the eastern horizon.
So much has changed in our evening sky. With the advance of the spring season, the constellations we’ve been familiar with in March have shifted. Orion, the hunter, the constellation we associate with the bitter cold nights of winter, is now hanging in the southwestern sky. Above and to the right of Orion there is the constellation Taurus with the bright planet Jupiter.
In the east, there is constellation Bootes, the shepherd, with its bright star Arcturus shining like a distant beacon. The Big Dipper, also more formally known as Ursa Major, is now overhead by 10 p.m.
Leo, the lion, is just south of the Big Dipper and truly over our heads. The brightest star in Leo is Regulus. Deep sky astronomers love to look at this mythological beast for it offers a window out of our Milky Way.
The head of Leo is an assembly of stars in the shape of a reversed question mark. Regulus is the dot under the question mark. To the left of Leo, in an area between Leo and the constellation Virgo, there is an expanse of distant galaxies so numerous as to be uncountable.
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Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 46º F.