• Tim Johnson

Crescent Moon, Mars and Venus

Next Friday morning you can see three celestial objects together in the southeastern sky before sunrise. The bright planet Venus will be easy to spot low in the sky. Plus, you’ll see the crescent moon appearing slightly higher and to the right.

Look in between Venus and the moon for the red planet Mars. All three are in the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius, one of the southernmost constellations in the zodiac.

You certainly can look tomorrow morning or any morning in the week ahead. Venus and Mars are there. The crescent moon will be there too, though considerably higher in the eastern sky.
If you are up early enough in the morning take a time to see these two planets, Venus and Mars, our nearest planetary neighbors as they appear fairly close together. In the month ahead Mars and Venus will move towards each other, Mars moving East and Venus moving West. They will be closest together in conjunction, on Feb. 16.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Jan. 21 7:03 4:43
Sat., Jan. 22 7:02 4:44
Sun., Jan. 23 7:01 4:45
Mon., Jan. 24 7:02 4:46
Tues., Jan. 25 7:00 4:48
Wed., Jan. 26 6:59 4:49
Thurs., Jan. 27 6:58 4:50
Fri., Jan. 28 6:57 4:51
Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Jan. 14 46 34 0.08
Jan. 15 44 11 0.20
Jan. 16 20 8 0.00
Jan. 17 52 19 1.19
Jan.  18 52 28 0.00
Jan. 19 37 18 0.00
Jan. 20 47 36 0.04


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 39º F


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