End of the Year Planets

The planets Jupiter and Saturn continue to appear close together. Look low in the southwestern sky after sunset. The scene is fleeting, as they both set together about an hour after sunset.
Jupiter is the brighter of the two and has moved east of Saturn. The conjunction, the appearance of these two large planets together, will continue. The two planets will appear in fairly close proximity well into the New Year.

The red planet Mars appears high in the sky after sunset. It has a dull red color compared to when it was brighter two months ago.

The brightest planet of them all, Venus appears low in the southeastern sky before sunrise. The planet is considerably brighter though not as close to the Earth as the planet Mars. Venus is 139 million miles away compared to Mars at 82 million.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Dec. 25 7:06 4:16
Sat., Dec. 26 7:07 4:17
Sun., Dec. 27 7:07 4:17
Mon., Dec. 28 7:07 4:18
Tues., Dec. 29 7:08 4:19
Wed., Dec. 30 7:08 4:19
Thurs., Dec. 31 7:08 4:20
Fri., Jan. 1 7:08 4:21

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Dec. 18 40 28 *0.26
Dec. 19 34 30 0.00
Dec. 20 39 23 0.00
Dec. 21 46 36 0.17
Dec. 22 38 31 0.00
Dec. 23 45 32 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 43º F

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