• Timothy Johnson

Moon and Planets

In the week ahead, the moon is busy. Before becoming full again on July 28, the moon visits two planets.

Saturday night the gibbous moon appears near the bright planet Jupiter in the southeastern sky. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Libra. You’ll see the two together a short time after sunset. The pair appears through the night.

Look again next Wednesday night and the moon, almost full, appears above and near the bright planet Saturn. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius.

Saturn is now as close to us as it gets. On the same night, the planet is in opposition. Astronomers estimate the planet is 841 million miles away, as big and as bright as it gets.

Full moon, the summer moon, is Thursday night, and it is one of the smallest full moons of the year. The moon is in apogee, farthest from the Earth in its orbit on June 30.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., June 22 5:07 8:19
Sat., June 23 5:07 8:19
Sun., June 24 5:07 8:19
Mon., June 25 5:08 8:20
Tues., June 26 5:08 8:20
Wed., June 27 5:08 8:20
Thurs., June 28 5:09 8:20
Fri., June 29 5:09 8:20

Temperatures and Precipitation
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
June 15 77 57 T
June 16 72 54 0.06
June 17 82 58 0.00
June 18 84 60 0.00
June 19 74 63 0.11
June 20 81 56 T
June 21 77 62 0.03


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 68º F


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