• Mark Alan Lovewell

Crescent Moon and Planets

On Saturday night, a thin crescent moon appears close to the horizon after sunset. Take a look and you may see the planet Mercury nearby. Mercury is just underneath the moon. The two are a pretty sight that is fleeting, short term. In only a few minutes the two set. The best views will be anywhere along the Vineyard’s north shore, from the Gay Head cliffs to the West Chop overlook. An unobstructed view is essential to enjoying this short duration event.

Look again on Sunday night and the moon has advanced along the zodiac. It is higher and appears near Venus, the brightest planet in the night sky.

The two are high enough in the western sky to be enjoyed for a while. The moon’s lower cusp almost touches Venus.
 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., July 13 5:18 8:15
Sat., July 14 5:19 8:15
Sun., July 15 5:19 8:14
Mon., July 16 5:20 8:14
Tues., July 17 5:21 8:13
Wed., July 18 5:22 8:12
Thurs., July 19 5:23 8:11
Fri., July 20 5:24 8:11

Temperatures and Precipitation
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
July 6 83 72 0.00
July 7 78 62 0.14
July 8 75 52 0.00
July 9 76 50 0.00
July 10 75 64 0.00
July 11 80 65 T
July 12 77 60 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 73º F

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