• Venus and the moon appear in the sky above the first light of dawn.
  • Ivy Ashe

Waning Crescent Moon and Venus

Waning Crescent Moon and Venus

A thin crescent moon appears low in the southeastern sky tomorrow morning, not far from the brilliant planet Venus. These are the two brightest celestial objects of the night. They are an impressive pair, appearing above the first light of dawn. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Aquarius.

The time to look is at 5 a.m. or before.

Spring Stars and Star Clusters

The Big Dipper is in a perfect viewing position in spring. An hour after sunset, the constellation is almost overhead.

The handle of the Big Dipper points to the bright star Arcturus, in the constellation Bootes. Arcturus is high in the east and it gets higher.

Rising behind Arcturus is the constellation Hercules, the gateway to the stars of summer. Herculus has three faint telescopic star clusters. One of the star clusters, called M13, resides in the center of the constellation and is barely bright enough to be seen by the unaided eye. A pair of binoculars renders a pretty tight gathering of stars that looks like a distant fuzzy ball. Through a telescope, the little fuzz ball becomes thousands of tightly packed stars.
 

Sunrise and Sunset
DaySunriseSunset
Fri., April 255:477:32
Sat., April 265:457:33
Sun., April 275:447:34
Mon., April 285:427:36
Tues., April 295:417:37
Wed., April 305:407:38
Thurs., May 15:387:39
Fri., May 25:377:40

Temperatures and Precipitations
DayMax (Fº)Min (Fº)Inches
April 1844360.00
April 1953350.00
April 2063410.00
April 2154320.00
April 2260400.00
April 2363440.05
April 2459430.02

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 52º F.

 

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