• Mars, the constellation Sagittarius and the Milky Way above the Lagoon Pond boat landing dock.
  • Mark Alan Lovewell

In Vineyard Skies: Moon and Planets

The moon can be your best friend when it comes to finding the planets in the night sky. Friday night’s gibbous moon appears particularly close to the bright planet Jupiter. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Libra, one of the southern most zodiacal constellations.

The moon is seven days from full, but its brilliance in the southern sky will dominate the night. Even a small amount of moisture in the air and the moon’s glow seems to take over even the darkest parts of the night.

The moon appears near the bright planet Saturn on Tuesday night. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius.

Stay tuned. Next weekend, the moon is full and appears near the bright red planet Mars. The two are in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus.

The moon was crescent near Venus on Sunday night. So in a span of close to ten days, the moon will have passed by Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., July 20 5:24 8:11
Sat., July 21 5:24 8:10
Sun., July 22 5:25 8:09
Mon., July 23 5:26 8:08
Tues., July 24 5:27 8:07
Wed., July 25 5:28 8:06
Thurs., July 26 5:29 8:05
Fri., July 27 5:30 8:05

Temperatures and Precipitation
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
July 13 80 55 0.00
July 14 77 55 0.00
July 15 77 63 0.01
July 16 84 66 0.00
July 17 86 70 0.00
July 18 81 69 0.01
July 19 81 59 0.00


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 76º F


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