• Ray Ewing

Comet Leonard

The faint comet, Comet Leonard, will appear right under the planet Venus tomorrow night. You’ll likely need binoculars to see it, as it is a fuzzy faint looking “star.”

If you look tonight it is almost in the same place but more to the right (or north). On Sunday night the comet is more to the observer’s left or south. The comet is moving south along the sky just above the horizon. We are reporting the location because we are being asked. Even if it is unlikely that you will see this faint object, there may be some of you lucky enough to see it.

Comets are notoriously fickle objects in space, easy to predict the location, but routinely difficult to give an estimate in brightness.

This is not as bright as Comet Hale-Bopp, or Halley’s Comet. The comet is borderline visible to those even with binoculars. But try looking.

Venus is the best show in town. You can see it easily after sunset. The planet is a reminder of a “Christmas Star” so enjoy.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Dec. 17 7:02 4:12
Sat., Dec. 18 7:03 4:12
Sun., Dec. 19 7;03 4:13
Mon., Dec. 20 7:04 4:13
Tues., Dec. 21 7:05 4:14
Wed., Dec. 22 7:05 4:14
Thurs., Dec. 23 7:06 4:15
Fri., Dec. 24 7:06 4:15
Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Dec. 10 42 26 0.00
Dec. 11 54 39 0.13
Dec. 12 60 42 0.09
Dec. 13 46 34 0.00
Dec. 14 50 42 0.00
Dec. 15 50 30 0.00
Dec. 16 55 40 0.02


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 47º F


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