• Ray Ewing

Total Lunar Eclipse

The full moon will slip into the Earth’s shadow late Sunday night. If the weather cooperates this could be one of the best lunar eclipses we’ve seen in years.

The evening begins with a bright full moon rising in the east over Chappaquiddick. As the moon gets higher and higher, it slips into the Earth’s shadow.

Though the eclipse starts earlier, the best evidence of change occurs at 10:28 p.m, when the moon starts slipping into the darkest part of the shadow, the umbra. Total eclipse starts at 11:29 p.m.

The moon is darkest after midnight at 12:12 a.m. Monday morning. The moon will start to come out of the shadow at 1:56 a.m.

Expect the moon to be a dull red during total eclipse, so dark, you may have to hunt around the sky to find it. Take note of all the night’s stars being visible, no longer competing with a brilliant full moon.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., May 13 5:24 7:51
Sat., May 14 5:23 7:53
Sun., May 15 5:22 7:54
Mon., May 16 5:21 7:55
Tues., May 17 5:20 7:56
Wed., May 18 5:19 7:56
Thurs., May 19 5:18 7:57
Fri., May 20 5:17 7:58

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
May 6 62 47 T
May 7 62 49 0.57
May 8 51 45 0.09
May 9 54 45 0.00
May 10 56 47 0.00
May 11 56 46 0.03
May 12 54 47 0.01

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 53º F

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