Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tonight's Sky for October 6: Can You See Mercury Yet?

You may have noticed that there was little mention of Mercury, first planet from the Sun in awhile. Why? Well, it was simply obscured by the Sun's glare, but now, that's about to change. While Mercury will be at its best come mid month, it's already up (albeit low) in the predawn Eastern sky. To see Mercury, scout out a location with virtually no obstruction near the horizon, which is where the speedy planet will appear. 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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