• Nearly-full harvest moon rises over Chappaquiddick.
  • Sara Brown

In Vineyard Skies: Harvest Moon

The bright moon continues to dominate our evening skies this weekend. Thursday the moon was full, and for us in New England, appropriately named the Harvest Moon. We wish we could say something about the moon being bigger than normal, for it looks like a giant, close to the eastern horizon, rising over the hills of Chappaquiddick after sunset.

The moon will be big, closest to the Earth, in perigee, on Monday which means we can expect tides to run a bit higher and lower than normal well into the coming week.

The moon spends this weekend in the zodiacal constellation Pisces, slips under the constellation Aries on Sunday night and into the zodiacal constellation Taurus by Monday night.

Our nights are so much longer too. Autumn is in our night air in so many different ways.

Venus, the brightest planet in the morning sky, is high in the east well before sunrise. With sunrises coming later in the morning, anyone can spot Venus at 5 a.m. while it glows against the light of dawn.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Oct. 6 6:43 6:15
Sat., Oct. 7 6:44 6:14
Sun., Oct. 8 6:45 6:12
Mon., Oct. 9 6:46 6:10
Tues., Oct. 10 6:47 6:09
Wed., Oct. 11 6:48 6:07
Thurs., Oct. 12 6:49 6:05
Fri., Oct. 13 6:51 6:04

Temperatures and Precipitation
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Sept. 29 76 54 0.00
Sept. 30 66 50 0.01
Oct. 1 64 51 T
Oct. 2 65 47 0.00
Oct. 3 68 49 0.00
Oct. 4 66 48 0.00
Oct. 5 70 60 0.00


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 66º F


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