Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation today; in other words, it is at its furthest distance from the Sun in the sky and is visible in the evening twilight. Unfortunately, it’s not very close to any other bright planets and you’ll need a clear, unobstructed view and good eyesight or binoculars to locate it.
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
04:48 UT – Mercury reaches Greatest Eastern Elongation. (37% illuminated, magnitude 0.4, diameter 7.9”. Naked eye, Taurus, evening sky. See images above.)
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Learn more about upcoming astronomical events in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle Edition and Paperback Edition) and 2016 An Astronomical Year (North American Kindle Edition.)
The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.
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