• Tim Johnson

Morning Planets

It may be the toughest but most worthy sight in the morning. Three visible planets are hugging close to the east southeastern sky before sunrise. Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn, in that order, are now nestled together so close to the horizon, you’ve almost need an ocean view of the horizon.

The three are in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus and they appear about a half hour before sunrise. Jupiter is the brightest and perhaps the easiest to see, though it is closest to the horizon. Above and to the viewer’s left of Jupiter there is Mercury which is the second brightest of the three.

Saturn is the farthest to the observer’s right. For the next several weeks all three are together.

The only difference ahead, is that Mercury will appear to slip in between the two outermost planets by the end of the month, and then sink below the horizon.

Mars is the only easy visible planet visible in our night sky. It appears high in the southwestern sky after sunset. The planet is moving through the zodiacal constellation Taurus and ever so slowly getting close to the Pleiades star cluster.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Feb. 12 6:41 5:10
Sat., Feb. 13 6:40 5:12
Sun., Feb. 14 6:38 5:13
Mon., Feb. 15 6:37 5:14
Tues., Feb. 16 6:36 5:15
Wed., Feb. 17 6:34 5:17
Thurs., Feb. 18 6:33 5:18
Fri., Feb. 19 6:32 5:19

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Feb. 5 41 27 0.00
Feb. 6 45 33 0.00
Feb. 7 46 28 0.00
Feb. 8 39 22 *1.21
Feb. 9 29 16 0.00
Feb. 10 35 24 *0.16
Feb. 11 33 21 *0.04


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 34º F


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