Venus, Mercury and Mars

Three planets shine together tomorrow morning before sunrise. Venus, the brightest of the two, will be an easy find for anyone with a good clear unobstructed view of the southeastern sky. Look to the left of Venus and the planet Mercury is there closest to the horizon. Look to the right of Venus and you’ll see the red planet Mars, the fainter of the three.

The three planets form a nice looking triangle in proximity to the zodiacal constellation Sagittarius. Mercury is the toughest to spot since it is closest to the horizon. A cloudless horizon is required.

If you miss tomorrow morning’s show, try again on Sunday or later. Just know that Mercury will sink down closer to the horizon and disappear in the mornings ahead. Venus and Mercury are together for the mornings ahead well into this month.

Venus is at its brightest for the season. It will be tough, but Venus will be visible well into the morning even with the sun up. 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Feb. 4 6:51 5:00
Sat., Feb. 5 6:49 5:01
Sun., Feb. 6 6:48 5:03
Mon., Feb. 7 6:47 5:04
Tues., Feb. 8 6:46 5:05
Wed., Feb. 9 6:45 5:07
Thurs., Feb. 10 6:44 5:08
Fri., Feb. 11 6:42 5:09
Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Jan. 28 35 21` 0.00
Jan. 29 41 30 *0.56
Jan. 30 31 10 *0.54
Jan. 31 25 3 0.00
Feb. 1 33 16 0.00
Feb. 2 39 31 0.00
Feb. 3 44 37 0.03


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 36º F


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