• Osprey join Jupiter and Venus in the sky.
  • John Zannini

Full Moon and Jupiter

Monday night’s full moon, the Daffodil Moon, appears between the zodiacal constellations Libra and Virgo. Rising in the east just after sunset, the moon is brilliant amid the two spring constellations. The moon is not alone in that portion of the sky for long. Look a little later in the evening and farther to the east and you’ll see the bright planet Jupiter.

The moon appears closer to Jupiter on Tuesday night. Both are in the constellation Libra. Jupiter is 409 million miles away and getting closer. Jupiter is brightest and closest to us on May 8. It is the largest planet in our solar system.

The brightest planet in our evening sky is setting in the west right after sunset. We watched the planet this week for almost an hour before it set. Venus appears in the zodiacal constellation Taurus, not far from the star cluster Pleiades.

There will be a sweet moment later in May and well into the summer when you can see Venus setting in the west and Jupiter rising in the east.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., April 27 5:44 7:34
Sat., April 28 5:42 7:36
Sun., April 29 5:41 7:37
Mon., April 30 5:40 7:38
Tues., May 1 5:38 7:39
Wed., May 2 5:37 7:40
Thurs., May 3 5:36 7:41
Fri., May 4 5:34 7:42

Temperatures and Precipitation
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
April 20 43 35 0.21
April 21 53 38 0.00
April 22 57 34 0.00
April 23 60 33 T
April 24 60 35 T
April 25 60 47 0.02
April 26 55 48 1.12


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 51º F


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