• Timothy Johnson

In Vineyard Skies: Jupiter, Venus and Mars

The morning sky fills with planets this month. Jupiter and Venus will be in conjunction.

For those who rise early in the morning this weekend take a look an hour before sunrise for the bright planet Venus. In the mornings ahead, Jupiter will appear under Venus. Every morning from here on, the two planets will appear closer together.

These are the two brightest planets in our night sky and to see them in such close proximity will be is impressive. These two will be closest on Monday, Nov. 13.

Venus outshines the much larger planet Jupiter. It is the distance of Venus that makes it the brighter of the two. Venus is 148 million miles away. Jupiter is 576 million miles away. Yet the two appear rising in the eastern sky as though they are ready to touch.

Take a look above the two planets and there is Mars, a faint red planet. The nearby bright white star is Spica. All these visible celestial objects are in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Nov. 3 7:15 5:34
Sat., Nov. 4 7:16 5:33
Sun., Nov. 5 6:18 4:31
Mon., Nov. 6 6:19 4:30
Tues., Nov. 7 6:20 4:29
Wed., Nov. 8 6:21 4:28
Thurs., Nov. 9 6:23 4:27
Fri., Nov. 10 6:24 4:26

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Oct. 27 63 42 0.30
Oct. 28 62 43 0.00
Oct. 29 67 55 T
Oct. 30 66 56 1.48
Oct. 31 61 53 T
Nov. 1 62 36 0.00
Nov. 2 61 46 0.00


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 61º F


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