Betelgeuse is Back

One of the bright stars of winter, Betelgeuse is back. Betelgeuse is a principle star in the zodiacal constellation Orion. Betelgeuse is high in the west after sunset.

Late last year the star noticeably dropped in brightness, causing a lot of interest. While it is not clear yet whether the star is back fully, looking at it recently, it seems the star is back to its same old used to be.

Betelgeuse is a giant red star. The star is so big that, were it to replace our Sun, the Earth and the planets Mars and maybe even Jupiter would be inside the giant star.

With the dramatic change this winter, astronomers around the world pointed their instruments at the star. The latest scientific opinion is that the star spewed out a large dark cloud, dimming its appearance. The star is 642 light years away.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., April 10 6:10 7:16
Sat., April 11 6:08 7:17
Sun., April 12 6:07 7:18
Mon., April 13 6:05 7:19
Tues., April 14 6:03 7:20
Wed., April 15 6:02 7:21
Thurs., April 16 6:00 7:22
Fri., April 17 5:59 7:24
Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
April 3 47 40 0.59
April 4 44 41 0.58
April 5 45 34 0.01
April 6 52 39 0.00
April 7 55 41 0.00
April 8 62 46 0.05
April 9 50 36 T


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 47º F


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