We’re just two days – and less than two degrees – away from the autumnal equinox and the sun breaking the horizon at due east, so I went to Gooseberry for the sunrise this morning. I figure this way I’d get a sure lock on exactly what directions was east – and thus all the other directions out there. Trouble is, I now have that good idea – and I have the evidence in pictures – but I’m really not sure exactly where I’m looking.
First, here are the pictures, starting with a shot about half an hour before sunrise that catches Venus high in the east – well, about four degrees south of east – and when you looked with binoculars you could see it made a fine double star with first magnitude Regulus less than a degree away!
But look carefully at the islands off in the distance. These are in the general direction of Woods Hole and roughly 16 miles away.
At first I thought I was looking at the gap that is Woods Hole – the gap between Naushon Island and the mainland. But now when I look at the map and the pictures, I’m wondering if I’m seeing a gap between Naushon and a little, unnamed island that lines up that way??? (Well, unnamed on Google Maps – more exploration of other maps shows it is Weepecket Island.)