• Mark Alan Lovewell

Venus has Disappeared

The brightest planet of the skies has disappeared. Venus, once a sentinel in our western skies for spring and going well into winter, is now too close in proximity to the sun to be seen.

Venus is almost the same size as the Earth and is now between us and the Sun. It is also really close at about 27 million miles away. There is not a planet in the solar system that gets this close to the Earth.

If you could see Venus through a telescope it would be a silhouette, and at times a thin crescent shape. The planet is overtaking the Earth in its fast orbit around the Sun. Venus is faster. In only a few short weeks, the planet will become our Morning Planet.

By mid-June our once favorite bright evening planet will appear low in the southeastern sky before sunrise.

Throughout the coming summer Venus is our morning planet, easy to see amid the light of dawn.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., May 29 5:11 8:06
Sat., May 30 5:10 8:07
Sun., May 31 5:10 8:08
Mon., June 1 5:09 8:09
Tues., June 2 5:09 8:10
Wed., June 3 5:08 8:10
Thurs., June 4 5:08 8:11
Fri., June 5 5:08 8:12

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
May 22 67 50 0.00
May 23 72 57 1.08
May 24 65 48 2.15
May 25 59 51 0.02
May 26 61 54 0.00
May 27 72 56 0.00
May 28 72 59 0.01

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 64º F

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