• Mark Alan Lovewell

Crescent Moon and Planets

Tonight the crescent moon appears under the bright red planet Mars. Both are in the zodiacal constellation Taurus. The moon appears above Mars tomorrow night.

Looking ahead you might get a glimpse of the brilliant planet Venus now low in the southwestern sky after sunset. Venus is tough to see right now. But if you are at Menemsha Beach or standing at the West Chop overlook after sunset you have a pretty good chance.

Venus is going to be the most dominant planet in our western sky through the year. Imagine spending a late evening on the beach and seeing the planet high in the sky.

Right now Venus sets a short time after the sun. There is a sweet moment at the end of the day when the planet is high enough in the west and the sky is dark enough.

Those moments for observing will significantly improve in the nights ahead. In May, the planet will be shining high enough for all to see.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., April 16 6:00 7:22
Sat., April 17 5:59 7:24
Sun., April 18 5:57 7:25
Mon., April 19 5:56 7:26
Tues., April 20 5:54 7:27
Wed., April 21 5:53 7:28
Thurs., April 22 5:51 7:29
Fri., April 23 5:50 7:30

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
April 9 58 38 0.00
April 10 61 41 0.00
April 11 58 46 0.01
April 12 53 44 0.00
April 13 52 41 0.00
April 14 51 36 T
April 15 55 42 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 52º F

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