• Mark Lovewell

In Vineyard Skies: Mars and Saturn are Pals

Mars and Saturn are favorite planets. Mars is red and there are plenty of stories about it being the most likely planet to have extraterrestrial life. Saturn is a giant with rings like no other planet in our solar system. These two planets are friends this spring and their friendship continues well into summer.

In July and August when you are out in the early evening, Mars and Saturn will share the same part of the zodiac, due south.

This month, however, they are morning planets, shining early low in the southeastern sky. The two rise in the eastern sky around 2 a.m. By dawn they appear low in the sky almost due south. Mars is brilliant red after having brightened considerably in just the last few months. Saturn is stalwart, pretty much the same brightness throughout the year. Saturn has a yellowish tint and is in Libra. Mars is not too far away, in the constellation Scorpius.

For the next two months these two will appear even closer together. The two separate only slightly in early summer. But in August, they come within a few degrees of each other in Scorpius for a final conversation. After Labor Day they separate and go their separate ways.

Jupiter

Jupiter is in opposition. It was closest to the Earth earlier this week. You see it rising in the east, after the sun has set. It is almost high overhead at midnight and sets in the west at dawn.

Sunrise and Sunset
DaySunriseSunset
Fri., March 116:005:43
Sat., March 125:595:44
Sun., March 136:576:45
Mon., March 146:556:46
Tues., March 156:546:47
Wed., March 166:526:48
Thurs., March 176:506:50
Fri., March 186:496:51

Temperatures and Precipitations
DayMax (Fº)Min (Fº)Inches
March 435270.00
March 536280.12
March 63625T
March 745230.00
March 847360.00
March 952390.00
March 105845T

*melted precipitation

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 45º F

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