• Ray Ewing

Threesome Celestial Gathering

Look tomorrow night to the southwestern sky just after sunset for three bright objects close to the horizon. A thin crescent moon will appear within a few degrees of the bright planet Venus. The two are so close.

The bright red star Antares is nearby. All three are in the zodiacal constellation Scorpius, one of the southernmost constellations in the zodiac. The three form an irregular triangle.
On Sunday night the scene changes. The crescent moon advances farther along the zodiac and creates a short distance away from Antares. A line is created with Antares appearing between Venus and the moon.

The distance of these celestial objects from the Earth is so different. Though they appear close together, the moon is roughly a quarter of a million miles away. Venus is 75 million miles away and Antares is 554 light years away.
 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Oct. 8 6:45 6:12
Sat., Oct. 9 6:46 6:10
Sun., Oct. 10 6:47 6:09
Mon., Oct. 11 6:48 6:07
Tues., Oct. 12 6:49 6:05
Wed., Oct. 13 6:51 6:04
Thurs., Oct. 14 6:52 6:02
Fri., Oct. 15 6:53 6:01

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Oct. 1 63 49 0.00
Oct. 2 67 47 0.00
Oct. 3 72 59 0.00
Oct. 4 76 61 0.39
Oct. 5 62 57 1.26
Oct. 6 63 58 0.02
Oct. 7 69 50 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 65º F

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