Faint Mercury Emerges Into the Twilight


January 25th, 2016

If you’re an early riser in Australia or North America, you may notice a faint star hugging the horizon as faint Mercury slowly emerges into the pre-dawn twilight. This represents the start of a rare opportunity to see all five naked eye planets at the same time as Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter will also be visible.

The best views won’t be for about another week or so. Right now, Mercury is still pretty low for those in North America while Australians will have a fine view. Unfortunately, those in the United Kingdom won’t be able to glimpse Mercury at all before the sky becomes too bright with the encroaching dawn (although you might have some luck towards around February 6th or 7th.)

Good luck!

Adapted from 2016: The Night Sky Sights (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom) and 2016: An Astronomical Year (available in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.)


All Astronomical Events for January 25th, 2016

18:39 UT – Mercury is stationary prior to resuming prograde motion. (30% illuminated, magnitude 0.6, diameter 8.6”. Sagittarius, pre-dawn sky. See information above.)


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

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here. Night sky simulations created using Mobile Observatory for Android devices.

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