Today’s Astronomical Events – October 16th, 2014

2010-10-16 Mercury at inferior conjunction

Mercury is at inferior conjunction and is therefore directly between the Earth and the Sun.

Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.



15:56 UT – Mercury is 30’ north of Spica. (0% illuminated, magnitude 5.3, diameter 10.0”, Virgo, not visible.)

20:33 UT – Mercury is at inferior conjunction. Distance to Earth: 0.666 AU. (0% illuminated, magnitude 5.4, diameter 10.0”, Virgo, not visible.)

Mercury decreases its apparent diameter to 10.0”. (0% illuminated, magnitude 5.3, Virgo, not visible.)



Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.

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