Planets again

Last night I managed to see Mercury and Venus from an airfield in Torun, Poland. Saturn seemed to escape me again for some reason. I'm not sure why, as I think it was supposed to be comparable to Mercury in brightness. I suppose there is a lot more sky, to absorb the light, even when it is only a little nearer the horizon. I also got a good view of all four Galilean moons around Jupiter.

Tonight I flew back to the UK and was really hoping that the plane would be delayed by half an hour. If it had, I would have been able to look for Mercury from 36,000 ft. No clouds to spoil the view there! As it turned out, the plane was on time so started its descent before the Sun had had chance to get much below the horizon. It was a pity, although I did get a good view of part of one pretty amazing planet; the Earth.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Friday 01st Jul 2005 (00:53 UTC) | Permalink
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