• Jeanna Shepard

Brilliant Mars

The bright red planet Mars now shines low in the eastern sky. You can see it easily an hour or more after sunset. It glows as a red jewel and there is no missing it. Take a moment to go outside and look for it. The planet resides in the constellation Taurus, the mythological bull. Not far away, you'll find the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters. The small star cluster is always a night time crowd pleaser.Not far from Mars is the orange colored bright star Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus. With Mars in this beloved constellation, the stars and the planet look particularly intriguing.

There is another planet in the sky. Jupiter is to the South and though it can the title as the brightest planet in our night sky, Mars steals the show. Mars hasn't glowed this bright in years and in the next two weeks it gets even brighter.

If you are out late tonight, look again. By midnight, Mars is not far from our zenith. It glows right overhead.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Nov. 18 6:33 4:19
Sat., Nov. 19 6:35 4:18
Sun., Nov. 20 6:36 4:17
Mon., Nov. 21 6:37 4:17
Tues., Nov. 22 6:38 4:16
Wed., Nov. 23 6:39 4:15
Thurs., Jan. -- 6:41 4:15
Fri., Jan. -- 6:42 4:14

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Nov. 11 65 56 0.00
Nov. 12 68 63 1.10
Nov. 13 71 54 0.69
Nov. 14 56 37 0.28
Nov. 15 46 30 T
Nov. 16 57 40 0.68
Nov. 17 62 41 0.02

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 53º F

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