• Mark Alan Lovewell

Mercury

This is a great week to look for the most visual challenging planet in our skies. Mercury which is near to impossible to spot for most of the year, is looking good in the weeks ahead. If you are outside tonight, just after sunset, you can find Mercury low in the southwestern sky.

We have the perfect guide for finding the planet. Mercury is right above the brighter planet Venus. Both are low in the southwest and only visible for a short time after sunset, before they set.

If you’ve never seen Mercury, this is a golden opportunity. Mercury spends its time so close to the glare, or in the glare of the sun. But it is different now. Mercury is about as high as it gets, away from the setting sun.

You’ll also notice that right above the two planets there is the Pleiades, a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. With the brightness of the skies, a pair of binoculars will help looking for all three.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., April 30 5:40 7:38
Sat., May 1 5:38 7:39
Sun., May 2 5:37 7:40
Mon., May 3 5:36 7:41
Tues., May 4 5:34 7:42
Wed., May 5 5:33 7:43
Thurs., May 6 5:32 7:44
Fri., May 7 5:31 7:45

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
April 23 48 38 0.00
April 24 60 41 0.00
April 25 67 45 0.17
April 26 49 41 0.41
April 27 56 36 0.00
April 28 60 46 T
April 29 64 48 T

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 55º F

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