• Tim Johnson

Last Quarter Moon

The moon appears well after midnight tonight. The moon is last quarter and low in the southeastern sky. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius.

Scorpius is a constellation we associate with summer. Near the moon you’ll find the bright red star Antares, sometimes referred to as the heart of the scorpion.

The waning crescent moon occults the red planet Mars on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 18. It happens at 7:25 a.m. While it will be a real challenge to observe the moon and Mars in daylight, you can have a pleasant view of what precedes the daylight event if you look at about 4 a.m. The two will rise together in the East, well before sunrise. Even earlier in the morning, Mars is easier to spot, because it is far enough away from the moon.

Both are in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Feb. 14 6:38 5:13
Sat., Feb. 15 6:37 5:14
Sun., Feb. 16 6:36 5:15
Mon., Feb. 17 6:34 5:17
Tues., Feb. 18 6:33 5:18
Wed., Feb. 19 6:32 5:19
Thurs., Feb. 20 6:30 5:20
Fri., Feb. 21 6:29 5:22

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Feb.  7 46 38 0.91
Feb. 8 56 27 0.00
Feb. 9 38 25 0.00
Feb. 10 45 34 0.01
Feb. 11 48 41 0.53
Feb. 12 44 35 0.34
Feb. 13 45 38 0.52

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 43º F

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