Mercury setting

As Ian Morison and Phil Plait both mention, today is a great day to see the planet Mercury. Mercury is normally a difficult planet to see as it only ever gets as far as 18 degrees from the Sun as seen from the Earth. Tonight, as the Sun sets, you should be able to spot Mercury around 15 degrees above the horizon. It may be difficult to see at first, as the sky is still bright (see screenshot from the excellent Stellarium below), but as it gets darker you should be able to make it out with the unaided eye. The only thing you need to be careful about is to pick a spot with an unobstructed western horizon. Oh, and if you go out before the sun sets, remember not to look directly at the Sun; I don't want you all going blind!

Mercury shortly after sunset

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Saturday 12th Mar 2005 (14:11 UTC) | Permalink
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