• Mark Alan Lovewell

Planets

Change is coming to our evening sky. The bright planet Venus now captivating viewers is going to drop out of view in the next month.

Venus is high in the western sky after sunset, as high as it will get in the evening sky. Pay attention and you’ll notice each night ahead. It will appear lower. By the end of May it will have dropped from view.

If you are up late at night you’ll see two of the solar system’s largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, appear together low in the eastern sky. Jupiter is the brighter of the two.

You’ll see them rise together around midnight. They are in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus. If you are up later, in the wee hours of morning, you’ll see the bright red planet Mars east of the two.

Jupiter and Saturn will steal the show this summer and get plenty of attention, while Venus will be a morning planet.

 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., April 17 5:59 7:24
Sat., April 18 5:57 7:25
Sun., April 19 5:55 7:26
Mon., April 20 5:54 7:27
Tues., April 21 5:53 7:28
Wed., April 22 5:51 7:29
Thurs., April 23 5:50 7:30
Fri., April 24 5:48 7:31

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
April 10 51 40 0.15
April 11 50 38 0.03
April 12 53 30 0.00
April 13 55 48 0.05
April 14 56 44 0.22
April 15 58 42 0.22
April 16 49 29 0.02

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 48º F

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