• Timothy Johnson

Planets and the Moon

The planets Venus and Mercury are close buddies this week but they part company later in the month.
    
Venus is easiest to spot, low in the southwestern sky after sunset. Venus is brilliant and above the horizon, amid the light of twilight.

If you can find Venus, you should be able to find the fainter Mercury just above it.
    
If you spot Mercury, count yourself as one of a small number of stargazers who have seen the planet. Many have seen Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, but Mercury is always so close to the horizon it is always hard to find amid the light of twilight.
    
A thin crescent moon appears in the same area of the sky next week and it is worth taking note, especially on Monday. New Moon is tomorrow.
    
It is very unlikely you will see the thin crescent moon setting in the west on Sunday night as it will be under Venus and just too close to the horizon after sunset. A clear unencumbered southwestern sky is essential. Menemsha Beach would give such a view with the moon visible just above the Elizabeth Islands.     
    
More will see the moon on Monday night when it forms a tight triangle with Venus and Mercury. The moon is to the left of the two planets.     

Even more Vineyarders will spot the moon on Tuesday night, when it is a good deal higher in the sky.
 

Sunrise and Sunset
DaySunriseSunset
Fri., June 75:078:13
Sat., June 85:078:14
Sun., June 95:078:14
Mon., June 105:068:15
Tues., June 115:068:15
Wed., June 125:068:16
Thurs., June 135:068:16
Fri., June 145:068:17

Temperatures and Precipitations
DayMax (Fº)Min (Fº)Inches
May 3180580.00
June 185590.00
June 27560T
June 371620.19
June 466550.75
June 572530.00
June 671510.00

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 69º F.

 

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