• Menemsha Sunset.
  • Albert O. Fisher

Brilliant Triangles

The red planet Mars is only a few weeks away from opposition and its brightness can not be missed. The red planet glows above the southeastern horizon two hours after sunset. Mars hasn’t been this bright in almost two years. Once Mars rises higher in the southeast, later in the evening, there is no mistaking its reddish color and its brightness amid the field of fainter stars. Mars nearly doubles in size and brightness this month.

On Tuesday night, the bright one-day old full moon, the Mud Moon, appears near Mars. There is the moon, Mars and Spica, the brightest star in the zodiacal constellation Virgo. Together the three form a tight triangle.


Mars still falls short of being as bright as the larger planet Jupiter which is above us. Jupiter is high in the western sky, in the zodiacal constellation Gemini after sunset.


Venus remains the brightest planet in our sky. But to see it you’ve got to get up early in the morning. Venus is low in the eastern sky at dawn. There are two reasons why Venus is such a spectacle. The planet is cloud covered and thus reflects sunlight really well. Venus is also close, about 93 million miles away, about the same distance the sun is from us.


Sunrise and Sunset
Fri., March 146:556:46
Sat., March 156:546:47
Sun., March 166:526:48
Mon., March 176:506:50
Tues., March 186:496:51
Wed., March 196:476:52
Thurs., March 206:456:53
Fri., March 216:436:54

Temperatures and Precipitations
DayMax (Fº)Min (Fº)Inches
March 734180.00
March 843330.00
March 954300.00
March 104328T
March 1147310.01
March 1259370.00
March 135127*0.34



Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 38º F


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