• Ray Ewing

Mars Occultation and Full Moon

On Wednesday night the brilliant full moon appears right next to the bright planet Mars. The two are so close you may have trouble seeing Mars.

At 11:08 p.m. that evening Mars gets within one degree of the moon. Through a telescope, the sight is easier. The moon appears to skim along side of Mars without covering it.

However, in other parts of the country and world, the moon will overlap the distant planet. Mars will appear to be extinguished.

No matter the time you look Wednesday night, you've got a sight to see.

Mars is also in opposition, closer and brighter than it has been in many years. There is no better show in town.

Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, Mars will be a sight for weeks to come. The planet will be as close as 38 million miles away and look it.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Dec. 2 6:49 4:11
Sat., Dec. 3 6:50 4:11
Sun., Dec. 4 6:51 4:11
Mon., Dec. 5 6:52 4:11
Tues., Dec. 6 6:53 4:11
Wed., Dec. 7 6:54 4:11
Thurs., Dec. 8 6:55 4:11
Fri., Dec. 9 6:56 4:11

Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Nov. 24 54 35 0.00
Nov. 25 54 36 0.00
Nov. 26 56 39 0.12
Nov. 27 57 43 T
Nov. 28 60 52 0.41
Nov. 29 60 36 0.00
Nov. 30 53 30 T
Dec. 1 58 38 0.43

 

Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 49º F

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