• Timothy Johnson

Morning Planets

Three of the visible planets — Venus, Saturn and Jupiter — are an easy sight an hour before sunrise. They form a line in the southeastern sky.

Venus being the brightest is the easiest to spot close to where the sun rises. At the extreme right of the three there is Jupiter, a truly bright planet.

Saturn takes a little more work to find. It is located between the brighter two. There is no mistaking seeing Saturn when you use the other two to help.

Venus is a fixture in our morning sky for the next three months. It will waiver little from morning to morning. It is a constant well into summer, fluctuating little in brightness.

Saturn and Jupiter are a constant too. But in the mornings ahead they will appear more southerly. Eventually by the coming summer, the two planets will be closer together and more visible late at night and not early in the morning. Saturn is in close vicinity to the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius, and Jupiter is in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius.

Stay tuned for a conjunction of the two planets. Near the end of 2020, Jupiter and Saturn get close together in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., March 15 6:54 6:47
Sat., March 16 6:52 6:48
Sun., March 17 6:50 6:50
Mon., March 18 6:49 6:51
Tues., March 19 6:47 6:52
Wed., March 20 6:45 6:53
Thurs., March 21 6:43 6:54
Fri., March 22 6:42 6:55

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
March 8 30 14 0.00
March 9 41 23 0.00
March 10 47 28 0.00
March 11 46 24 0,69
March 12 51 32 0.00
March 13 44 30 0.00
March 14 44 34 0.00


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 42º F


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