Friday, July 25, 2014

Tonight's Sky for July 25: Old Moon Meets Mercury

Want to see the planet Mercury but don't know where to look? Well, you're in luck this morning as the waning crescent Moon will be parked right next to Mercury. To see the show, simply go out in the predawn sky, look East and find the Moon and that bright “star” next to it. The Moon is the Moon, of course and that “star” is Mercury, first planet from the Sun and the hardest to see of the Classical Planets. Unlike last morning, optical aid could be required to catch this celestial meet-up thanks to Mercury's dimness, the Moon's 2% illumination, and closer proximity to the Sun.

As an added bonus, impossible to miss Venus will be above this morning's pairing.

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