Planets Align

An unusual gathering of three planets can be viewed low in the southwestern sky soon after sunset. Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are forming a tight triangle.

For weeks we've been watching as Jupiter gradually pulls away from the ringed planet Saturn. Seeing the two has been a challenge, as both are close to the southwestern horizon. Then they set.

Planet gazing gets a little more interesting next week, as Mercury appears right beneath the two others.

But don't wait. The weather and clouds on the horizon make viewing Saturn and Jupiter a challenge. If you can see Mercury, consider it a gift for a new year.

 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Jan. 1 7:08 4:21
Sat., Jan. 2 7:08 4:22
Sun., Jan. 3 7:08 4:23
Mon., Jan. 4 7:08 4:24
Tues., Jan. 5 7:08 4:25
Wed., Jan. 6 7:08 4:26
Thurs., Jan. 7 7:08 4:27
Fri., Jan. 8 7:08 4:28

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Dec. 24 50 30 0.00
Dec. 25 54 48 0.01
Dec. 26 56 31 1.12
Dec. 27 36 24 0.00
Dec. 28 45 25 0.00
Dec. 29 53 35 0.00
Dec. 30 -- -- --

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 43º F

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