• Tim Johnson

Morning Planets

The bright planet Venus is easy to find in the hour before sunrise or earlier. Venus also is higher in the east too. Look more carefully nearby and the second brightest object is the red planet Mars. These two planets are getting closer and closer together. By mid-March they will be less than 4 degrees apart.

The show continues this month with the fainter planet Saturn appearing farther east, but it too will join with the other two.

By the end of the month, the three planets will form a tight triangle worthy of note. All three are appearing in the zodiacal constellation Capricornus. Adding to the planetary festival the thin crescent moon will be nearby on March 28. Don’t wait until then.

Take advantage of the clear mornings before sunrise to get a view of these planets. They are moving around. If you see them one morning take a look a few days later. These planets are moving around like children in a park. But you got to keep an eye on them as they’ll move somewhere else in our morning sky in and after spring.

 

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., March 4 6:12 5:35
Sat., March 5 6:10 5:36
Sun., March 6 6:09 5:37
Mon., March 7 6:07 5:38
Tues., March 8 6:05 5:39
Wed., March 9 6:04 5:41
Thurs., March 10 6:02 5:42
Fri., March 11 6:00 5:43

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Feb. 25 34 29 *0.50
Feb. 26 38 20 *0.61
Feb. 27 34 20 0.00
Feb. 28 40 23 0.00
March 1 36 18 0.00
March 2 45 35 0.05
March 3 49 28 0.16

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 38º F

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