• Mark Alan Lovewell

Moonless Weekend

The best of starry night skies takes place this weekend. New Moon phase is tomorrow, so you won’t find the moon anywhere until the beginning of next week.

The spring constellation Leo, the lion, is rising in the eastern sky. Astronomers have long known that Leo and the zodiacal constellation Virgo to the east of it are our windows to looking beyond our Milky Way. Look up at those stars and note that behind them there are uncountable numbers of galaxies in both constellations.

Look to the west and you’ll see the winter constellation Orion with its three bright stars that mark its belt. When you look at Orion you are looking into the Milky Way. Astronomers look at Orion as our Milky Way neighborhood. The stars are bright because they are both big and close.

You may see the crescent moon low in the western sky on Monday night. The moon is in the zodiacal constellation Pisces.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., March 12 5:59 5:44
Sat., March 13 5:57 5:45
Sun., March 14 6:55 6:46
Mon., March 15 6:54 6:57
Tues., March 16 6:52 6:48
Wed., March 17 6:50 6:50
Thurs., March 18 6:49 6:51
Fri., March 19 6:47 6:52

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
March 5 44 23 0.00
March 6 36 24 0.00
March 7 37 21 0.00
March 8 34 18 0.00
March 9 45 25 0.00
March 10 60 28 0.00
March 11 52 35 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 41º F

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