Monday, February 9, 2015

Tonight's Sky for February 9: Can You See Mercury Yet?

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 dawn sky immediately before sunrise. To see Mercury, scout out a location with virtually no obstruction due East, which is where the speedy planet will pop out of the predawn 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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