Where are the Planets?

The only evening planet this month is the ringed planet Saturn. You can find Saturn rising in the east an hour or so after sunset. The planet is the brightest "star" in the east. Saturn is in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus. As the evening progresses, the planet will rise somewhat.

The brightest evening planet is Jupiter but it rises in the east a good deal later, after 10 p.m. Jupiter is approaching the zodiacal constellation Taurus.

You've got to get up early in the morning to spot Venus, the brightest planet of them all. Venus is low in the southeastern sky at dawn and rises some by sunrise. Mercury is nearby but even closer to the rising sun. Mercury reaches greatest elongation, greatest distance from the sun next Friday morning. The planet will be easier to see than at any other time during the year, farthest from the sun.

Mars remains just too close to the setting sun this month to be observed. The planet is in the zodiacal constellation Virgo.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Sept. 15 6:21 6:51
Sat., Sept. 16 6:22 6:49
Sun., Sept. 17 6:23 6:48
Mon., Sept. 18 6:24 6:46
Tues., Sept. 19 6:25 6:44
Wed., Sept. 20 6:26 6:43
Thurs., Sept. 21 6:27 6:41
Fri., Sept. 22 6:28 6:39
Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Sept. 8 89 71 0.00
Sept. 9 83 72 0.00
Sept. 10 83 71 T
Sept. 11 79 68 0.50
Sept. 12 78 69 0.05
Sept. 13 79 65 0.36
Sept. 14 -- -- --


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 76º F


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