• Mark Lovewell

In Vineyard Skies: Fishermen Catch Planets

On Sunday morning as dawn unfolds, fishermen who are walking the beach early will see an impressive assembly of stars, planets and the waning crescent moon in the southeastern sky.

High in the east, the bright planet Venus has paired with the nearby star Regulus, in the zodiacal constellation Leo. Regulus is usually bright, but it appears far from comparable to the far brighter planet.

Below you will find the bright planet Jupiter, not as bright as Venus. It appears as a pair with the reddish planet Mars.

Close to the horizon, an hour before sunrise, a thin crescent moon appears right next to the planet Mercury. Mercury is fairly bright and if the atmosphere is stable and clear enough, you’ve got a chance to catch this planet.

You’ll have no trouble figuring out Venus, Jupiter and Mars. Mercury is routinely difficult to spot. Among our nearby planets, Mercury is the hardest fish to catch, however worth it.

For fishermen out on the beach, before sunrise, there is no better time to look up into the heavens, while waiting for a hit from a fish below the surface. While the fish below may remain a mystery, the celestial show above will be on display.

The planets will hang in the eastern sky for many mornings to come. The moon is the most transitory — gone the next morning, in the New Moon phase.


Sunrise and Sunset
Fri., Oct. 96:466:10
Sat., Oct. 106:476:09
Sun., Oct. 116:486:07
Mon., Oct. 126:496:05
Tues., Oct. 136:516:04
Wed., Oct. 146:526:02
Thurs., Oct. 156:536:01
Fri., Oct. 166:545:59

Temperatures and Precipitation
DayMax (Fº)Min (Fº)Inches
Oct. 259530.94
Oct. 355521.67
Oct. 457520.02
Oct. 55953T
Oct. 661530.00
Oct. 764470.00
Oct. 865540.00


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 63º F


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