Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tonight's Sky for June 24: Mercury and Aldebaran

Just before sunrise, there will be a challenging cosmic sight that will require a good horizon and a pair of binoculars for all but the most eagle-eyed observers. Today just before dawn, speedy planet Mercury will be meeting Aldebaran, alpha Taurus, which is just reemerging from the Sun's glare after a period of invisibility. Top see the show, look just above the horizon in the East-Northeast sky. Mercury, the brighter object will be easier to see and will appear as white-yellow in color. Aldebaran, about 2 degrees below and right of the planet, will be harder to see and orange in color. If you see both bodies, be sure to congratulate yourself. 

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