Mercury Viewing, 2017

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Christopher K.
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Mercury Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » January 18th, 2017, 4:15 pm

Mercury has its greatest western elongation tomorrow morning. If your eastern horizon is unobstructed, see if you can pick out the tiny planet in the twilight. 5:59am to 7:01am is the best time span. If you can't see it without aid, try a binocular.

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » September 3rd, 2017, 8:32 pm

All this week Mercury heads toward Regulus, all the while climbing higher in the low eastern morning sky.

A special challenge the morning of Friday the 8th (probably requiring binoculars) is to find both of them plus Mars. Mercury is a good magnitude 0, while Regulus is 1.3 and Mars is 1.8 (a faint glow of the majestic warrior that will shine next summer). You might get them at 6:15am, half-an-hour before the Sun rises; the good news is all three of them will be at least six degrees up. An earlier time will give you a darker sky, but lower targets!

On Sunday morning (the 10th) Mercury will be only 0˚36' from Regulus!

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » November 23rd, 2017, 6:16 pm

Tonight at 5:30pm CST (at the start of nautical twlight), Mercury will be eight degrees up in the west-southwest. Can you find it? You may need a binocular; keep your hands steady and sweep that portion of the horizon from left to right. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2017

Post by DonaldBer » November 26th, 2017, 6:22 am

Christopher K. wrote:Tonight at 5:30pm CST (at the start of nautical twlight), Mercury will be eight degrees up in the west-southwest. Can you find it? You may need a binocular; keep your hands steady and sweep that portion of the horizon from left to right. Happy Thanksgiving!
I missed it. Did anyone else have better luck?

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Re: Mercury Viewing, 2017

Post by Christopher K. » November 27th, 2017, 4:33 pm

I haven't heard a report from anyone. I was in the habit of going to the Burbank Soccer Complex, between the dog park and the lake, to view low-western horizon events. Now the dog park fence encompasses that area. I'll have to scout for another location.

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