Monday, October 20, 2014

Tonight's Sky for October 20: Can You See Mercury Yet?

5 days ago, Mercury was at its worst spot for visibility but now, not even a week later, it is possible to see the tiny planet rising just ahead of the Sun in the Eastern predawn sky. To see the tiny planet, go out and look East-Southeast about 15 minutes before sunrise. Granted, you'll need an exceptionally good horizon with about 5 degrees of clearance (simulate by holding 3 fingers at arm's length) but the good news is that haze is far less likely to present a problem than in the evening.  

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