Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT - Mercury At Its' Best

Hey Space Placers!

The elusive and speedy planet closest to the Sun, Mercury, is starting to put on its' best appearance for the whole year as it is near the planet Mars.We will have another good showing in the evening sky from Mercury in May and June if you miss this one but Mars will be out of view.

It has been said that only 1% of the ENTIRE human population throughout all time has seen AND recognized Mercury as a planet. Once you know where and when to look and find a viewing spot that affords a clear view of the horizon, Mercury is surprisingly bright and fairly easy to see. Using binoculars helps in the hunt for Mercury and seeing Mars which is much dimmer than Mercury.

For February, Mercury is starting an excellent appearance in the western sky that will last for several weeks, but it is best to see the planet in the next few days while it is still fairly close to Mars. The thin crescent Moon joins in the sky show on the 10th and Mercury will be at its highest point in the sky on the 117th.

Mercury and Mars, February 2013

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