• Mark Alan Lovewell

Jupiter and Mars

The two distant planets Jupiter and Mars will be less than a degree apart on Sunday morning. Grant it, you have to rise early to see it. The two are spectacularly close, appearing within ear shout of each other.

Well before dawn, the two appear fairly high in the southeastern sky. Brighter of the two, Venus is to the East.

We’ve been watching this conjunction for weeks now. Sunday morning is the best. Don’t be discouraged if the sky is overcast, any morning is great for seeing these two planets so close.

The actual distance we have from these planets is remarkable, considering how close they appear together. It is truly a fabulous lineup.

Jupiter is 486 million miles away from us. Mars is 130 million miles from us. Which means that while these two planets appear almost touching, they are 356 million miles from each other.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., May 27 5:12 8:05
Sat., May 28 5:11 8:06
Sun., May 29 5:11 8:06
Mon., May 30 5:10 8:07
Tues., May 31 5:10 8:08
Wed., June 1 5:09 8:09
Thurs., June 2 5:09 8:10
Fri., June 3 5:08 8:10

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
May 20 58 50 0.24
May 21 63 55 0.50
May 22 74 58 0.00
May 23 73 57 0.00
May 24 68 53 T
May 25 63 43 0.00
May 26 64 43 0.00

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 62º F

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