• Jeanna Shepard

Planetary Lineup

Four visible planets will line up almost perfectly in the morning sky on Monday. It is an early morning show and hopefully the weather will be clear and worthwhile. The planets Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn are lining up. The closest to the horizon will be Jupiter. The highest in the sky will be Saturn. Venus is the brightest.

Take a moment an hour before sunrise to see. A little earlier is better. A little later and the brightness of dawn will overcome the faintest of the planets.

If the weather isn’t cooperative, you still can look any morning this week. They will all be there but just not as precisely lined up. The whole show continues into May.

The planets are dancing this year. In the months ahead, the planets will move, changing position. By next summer, Jupiter and Saturn will return to our summer night sky. Mars will be behind the two.

Venus will remain hugging the eastern sky well into the spring. Jupiter and Mars will get close together in late May.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., April 15 6:02 7:21
Sat., April 16 6:00 7:22
Sun., April 17 5:59 7:24
Mon., April 18 5:57 7:25
Tues., April 19 5:56 7:26
Wed., April 20 5:54 7:27
Thurs., April 21 5:53 7:28
Fri., April 22 5:51 7:29

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
April 8 52 47 0.36
April 9 57 41 T
April 10 57 40 0.00
April 11 58 40 0.00
April 12 59 43 0.02
April 13 62 38 0.02
April 14 65 47 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 53º F

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