• Ray Ewing

Before the Full Moon

This is the weekend to see the last of the Perseid meteor shower. If you have any time late this evening, preferably after midnight, you still can see a couple of the Perseid meteor shower stragglers shooting across the sky.

The moon sets late. By next week, the approaching Full Moon will dominate the night. Full Moon is Saturday, August 22.

Go outside late at night now, before the moon’s brightness dominates the night sky. Standing outside in an open field on a late August night is the best of all. Try 3 o’clock in the morning. There are occasional meteors shooting across the sky. The Milky Way is visible and the stars of autumn are in the sky.

You will also be treated to two bright planets. The brightest of them all, Jupiter, appears high in the east, followed by the ringed-planet Saturn early in the evening. Both are in the constellation Capricornus, an autumn constellation. By midnight, these two will dominate the southern sky.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., August 13 5:47 7:44
Sat., August 14 5:48 7:43
Sun., August 15 5:49 7:41
Mon., August 16 5:50 7:40
Tues., August 17 5:51 7:38
Wed., August 18 5:52 7:37
Thurs., August 19 5:53 7:36
Fri., August 20 5:54 7:34

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
August 6 74 63 0.36
August 7 77 66 0.00
August 8 85 70 T
August 9 83 67 1.23
August 10 80 67 0.14
August 11 79 67 T
August 12 79 71 T


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 74º F


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