• Timothy Johnson

Moonless Nights Ideal for Stargazing

Even though the Perseid Meteor Shower took place last weekend during mostly overcast skies, and most of us missed it, we’ve still got a chance to enjoy shooting stars at night. Clear night skies in August are always wonderful and it offers an opportunity to see plenty.

Grab a hot cocoa, or something a little more spirited in a glass. Take a seat in the backyard easy chair. Lean back and look up and about. Give yourself an hour. The time allows your eyes to adjust to the night.

We’ll have moonless nights well into the coming week. The moon will be busy on Monday afternoon, so it won’t be in our evening sky for a few nights ahead.

Moonless nights are ideal for looking skyward. The Milky Way is at its best and runs in a thick ribbon from due south, up almost overhead to the horizon in the northeast.

The greatest concentration of “milk” in the Milky Way is both overhead and near the southern horizon. And while your looking, be prepared for an errant meteor as it quickly crosses the sky on an errand.
 

 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., August 18 5:52 7:37
Sat., August 19 5:53 7:36
Sun., August 20 5:54 7:34
Mon., August 21 5:55 7:33
Tues., August 22 5:56 7:31
Wed., August 23 5:57 7:29
Thurs., August 24 5:58 7:28
Fri., August 25 5:59 7:26

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
August 11 81 59 0.00
August 12 79 62 0.62
August 13 72 63 0.21
August 14 83 61 0.01
August 15 82 66 0.02
August 16 79 63 0.11
August 17 82 64 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 75º F

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