• Ray Ewing

Moon and Five Planets

Tomorrow morning offers a big event, a thin crescent moon near the planet Mercury and Venus. Add to that, a line up of the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

If weather doesn’t cooperate try again on Sunday morning, when the show continues. The crescent moon will be closest to Venus, the brightest planet of them all.

The hardest part of the show is the hour. You need to get up early in the morning, 4 a.m. to see it.

The the lineup of planets spans the whole southeastern sky. The planets are in the zodiac. Mercury and Venus are in the zodiacal constellation Taurus. Mars and Jupiter are in the large zodiacal constellation

Pisces and Saturn is in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus.

Jupiter is the second brightest planet in the parade.

Mars is considerably fainter but carries a reddish saphire color.

Mercury, the closest to the rising sun, is the hardest to spot. But it will be ideally visible an hour before sunrise, just above the eastern horizon.

 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., June 24 5:07 8:19
Sat., June 25 5:08 8:20
Sun., June 26 5:08 8:20
Mon., June 27 5:08 8:20
Tues., June 28 5:09 8:20
Wed., June 29 5:09 8:19
Thurs., June 30 5:10 8:19
Fri., July 1 5:10 8:19

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
June 17 71 62 0.04
June 18 73 57 0.01
June 19 74 52 0.24
June 20 67 49 T
June 21 74 55 0.00
June 22 72 58 0.00
June 23 71 56 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 70º F

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