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 Post subject: Mercury Viewing, 2018
PostPosted: December 30th, 2017, 7:34 pm 
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Mercury will be at greatest western elongation (23˚) around 2pm Monday afternoon, meaning that morning will be a good time to view the closest planet to the Sun. During nautical twilight (6:06am to 6:35am) Mercury will rise from eight to fourteen degrees in the southeast. It will be in a gibbous phase, magnitude -0.3 in Ophiuchus.

Please keep in mind the temperature is predicted to be below freezing at this time.


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PostPosted: March 12th, 2018, 4:10 pm 
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A very good evening apparition of Mercury occurs on Thursday the 15th. Don't miss it. The planet doesn't sink down to five degrees above the horizon until an hour after sunset! It will be to the upper right of Venus.


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PostPosted: April 18th, 2018, 10:07 pm 
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On Friday 27 April at 7:30pm HRPO will present the lecture "Mercury and Venus". The talk is aimed at an adult audience. Though very different, the two planets will be paired together as they are both inferior planets--closer to the Sun than Earth.


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