• Ray Ewing

Late Winter Constellations

The night sky has shifted gradually. The winter constellations are departing, hanging low in the western sky.

The favorite constellation Orion, the hunter, is now hanging high in the southwestern sky. Remember when it was due South. Even the zodiacal constellation Taurus has eased more westward. The constellation has shifted from overhead now to high in the western sky.

Rising in the east is the zodiacal constellation Leo, always presaging warmer weather ahead.

Where is the Big Dipper. Have you looked lately? The favorite constellation of our night skies is now rising in the Northeast. While the constellation depicts a Great Bear, you can easily identify all the stars in the constellation and especially the dipper that makes up the Big Dipper.

The shift continues. The zodiacal constellation Virgo is not far away, rising low in the east an hour after sunset. Virgo is right behind Leo.

Sunrise and Sunset
Day Sunrise Sunset
Fri., March 10 6:02 5:42
Sat., March 11 6:00 5:43
Sun., March 12 6:59 6:44
Mon., March 13 6:57 6:45
Tues., March 14 6:55 6:46
Wed., March 15 6:54 6:47
Thurs., March 16 6:52 6:48
Fri., March 17 6:50 6:50
Temperatures and Precipitations
Day Max (Fº) Min (Fº) Inches
March 3 52 34 .01
March 4 47 35 .70
March 5 43 29 .11
March 6 46 37 .0
March 7 52 35 .0
March 8 44 30 .0
March 9 45 32 .0


Water temperature in Edgartown harbor: 45º F


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