Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tonight's Sky for August 28: Can You See Mercury?


You may have noticed that there was little mention of Mercury, first planet from the Sun all month. Why? Well, it simply isn't making that great of an appearance this month. It is, however, up (barely) in the dusk sky immediately after sunset. To see Mercury, scout out a location with virtually no obstruction due West, which is where the speedy planet will pop out of the twilight sky. How low will you need to look? About three degrees up from the horizon. To simulate, a little finger held at arm's length spans about a degree of sky. Needless to say, binoculars are a must!

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