• Tim Johnson

Christmas Stars

If you are looking for a Christmas star, you will not be disappointed. There are at least two planets low in the western sky this coming week, masquerading as stars. The brightest Venus is underneath the planet Mercury. They set early in the evening, set in the twilight.

The two planets are tough to spot so timing and a clear western horizon are essential.

Venus is unmistakable, brighter than any other visible planet in our night sky. If you've never seen Mercury, this is a good time to try and spot it. Mercury appears close and above Venus. If you can see the two together you've got your own holiday present.

Venus is just now appearing in the western sky. It spent most of this year in the morning sky, out of view for so many.

Venus will get higher in the sky in the weeks and months ahead. The planet will tower over our western sky by spring.

The best view of all will likely be missed here on the Vineyard because it will be overcast. A thin crescent moon will appear near the two on Christmas Eve. If the weather is foul, as it is forecast, look in the nights ahead for the crescent moon to play its part.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., Dec. 23 7:06 4:15
Sat., Dec. 24 7:06 4:15
Sun., Dec. 25 7:06 4:16
Mon., Dec. 26 7:07 4:17
Tues., Dec. 27 7:07 4:17
Wed., Dec. 28 7:07 4:18
Thurs., Dec. 29 7:08 4:19
Fri., Dec. 30 7:08 4:19
Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
Dec. 16 45 41 0.73
Dec. 17 48 37 0.82
Dec. 18 44 33 0.02
Dec. 19 44 31 T
Dec. 20 42 30 0.00
Dec. 21 40 28 0.00
Dec. 22 42 25 0.00


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 39º F

Comments (1)

Ken Rusczyk, Oak Bluffs
Mars looks great also.
December 26, 2022 - 9:22am


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