• Menemsha at dusk.
  • Timothy Johnson

Crescent Moon

A thin crescent moon rises early in the morning tomorrow. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Aquarius, a constellation we normally associate with autumn and late summer. It appears Sunday and Monday mornings, but even closer to the eastern horizon.

Evening Stars

So much has changed in our evening sky. With the advance of the spring season, the constellations we’ve been familiar with in March have shifted. Orion, the hunter, the constellation we associate with the bitter cold nights of winter, is now hanging in the southwestern sky. Above and to the right of Orion there is the constellation Taurus with the bright planet Jupiter.

In the east, there is constellation Bootes, the shepherd, with its bright star Arcturus shining like a distant beacon. The Big Dipper, also more formally known as Ursa Major, is now overhead by 10 p.m.

Leo, the lion, is just south of the Big Dipper and truly over our heads. The brightest star in Leo is Regulus. Deep sky astronomers love to look at this mythological beast for it offers a window out of our Milky Way.

The head of Leo is an assembly of stars in the shape of a reversed question mark. Regulus is the dot under the question mark. To the left of Leo, in an area between Leo and the constellation Virgo, there is an expanse of distant galaxies so numerous as to be uncountable.
  

Sunrise and Sunset
DaySunriseSunset
Fri., April 56:187:10
Sat., April 66:167:12
Sun., April 76:157:13
Mon., April 86:137:14
Tues., April 96:117:15
Wed., April 106:107:16
Thurs., April 116:087:17
Fri., April 126:077:18

Temperatures and Precipitations
DayMax (Fº)Min (Fº)Inches
March 2950380.00
March 3059400.00
March 3155300.00
April 155430.24
April 254300.07
April 344290.00
April 446300.00

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 46º F.

 

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