• Tim Johnson

Constellation Scorpius

Scorpius, one of the southern-most constellations in the zodiac, is a symbol to us of summer. In mythology the stars depict a life-threatening scorpion. It was put in the heavens by Zeus after it had killed Orion, the Hunter.

Orion and Scorpius are opposite each other in our sky. The constellations will never appear in our night sky at the same time. Orion stands erect in Winter. Scorpius poses threatening in summer.

Use the gibbous moon on Monday night to find Scorpius. The moon will be full on Tuesday night.

Scorpius is a favorite constellation, loaded with astronomical features, nebula and star clusters. On Monday night, the moon will be only six degrees from the red star Antares, the brightest star in the constellation.

Antares is a super giant red star, estimated to be 700 times bigger than our Sun and is believed to be the largest star in the universe.


Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., June 10 5:06 8:15
Sat., June 11 5:06 8:15
Sun., June 12 5:06 8:16
Mon., June 13 5:06 8:16
Tues., June 14 5:06 8:17
Wed., June 15 5:06 8:17
Thurs., June 16 5:06 8:17
Fri., June 17 5:06 8:18

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
June 3 70 56 0.00
June 4 66 56 T
June 5 68 51 0.00
June 6 74 52 0.00
June 7 77 58 0.00
June 8 73 61 0.16
June 9 70 61 0.61


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 67º F


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