• Tim Johnson

Moon, Saturn and Jupiter

Two bright planets steal the show this summer as they get closer and closer together. Jupiter and Saturn rise together in the eastern sky about an hour or more after sunset. Watch them in the weeks ahead as they get closer and closer. By midsummer they will be really close together.

Though you can see them any night, next week you’ll get some help finding them. The gibbous moon joins them on Monday and Tuesday nights. All three are in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus. See them easily around 10 p.m.

On Monday night, the moon appears under Jupiter. Jupiter is the brightest planet in our night skies. Venus, the brightest of all planets, has now shifted to the morning sky.

There will be no missing Jupiter as it dominates the southern sky through the rest of the year. On Tuesday night, the moon appears under the ringed planet Saturn.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., June 5 5:08 8:12
Sat., June 6 5:07 8:12
Sun., June 7 5:07 8:13
Mon., June 8 5:07 8:14
Tues., June 9 5:07 8:14
Wed., June 10 5:06 8:15
Thurs., June 11 5:06 8:15
Fri., June 12 5:06 8:16

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
May 29 74 61 0.03
May 30 65 59 0.17
May 31 68 57 0.00
June 1 70 48 0.00
June 2 63 43 0.00
June 3 66 55 0.03
June 4 76 75 T

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 65º F

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