• Albert O. Fischer

Three Evening Planets

Mars is visible high in the southwestern sky after sunset. The red planet is the brightest object above the trees.

Closer to the horizon, star gazers might want to take the challenge of looking for an even brighter planet. Venus is very close to the horizon after sunset, in the west-northwest. The planet is visible when the weather is clear and cloudless. The fainter planet Mercury is right next to Venus. The two planets are closest together Saturday night.

Mercury will be easier to see in the nights ahead as it gets higher. Venus is getting higher too, although its nightly movement is slower.

Looking ahead, Mercury will continue to climb until mid-May, while Venus is more of a constant. There will be no problem seeing Venus in May and beyond.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., April 23 5:50 7:30
Sat., April 24 5:48 7:31
Sun., April 25 5:47 7:32
Mon., April 26 5:45 7:33
Tues., April 27 5:44 7:34
Wed., April 28 5:42 7:36
Thurs., April 29 5:41 7:37
Fri., April 30 5:40 7:38

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
April 16 52 43 1.59
April 17 45 35 0.52
April 18 47 40 0.04
April 19 57 42 0.00
April 20 63 42 0.00
April 21 61 49 0.00
April 22 62 34 0.06

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 51º F

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