Mercury may have disappeared from view but Venus and Mars are still visible and are drawing closer together in the early evening sky. Look for the pair in the west / south-west after sunset. Brilliant Venus will appear first; how long will it take for you to see Mars in the sky above it?
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Images Courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
06:27 UT – Mercury is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (28% illuminated, magnitude 0.8, diameter 8.9”. Capricornus, not visible.)
Mars leaves Aquarius and enters Pisces. (97% illuminated, magnitude 1.2, diameter 4.3”. Evening sky.)
Learn more about every upcoming astronomical event in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Paperback Edition).
The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.