Hook Mercury With The Crescent Moon Tonight

Thank goodness for the moon otherwise few of us would find the planet Mercury tonight. The planet may hang low like the proverbial low hanging fruit, but that doesn’t work nearly as well in astronomy as it does with your apple tree. Haze, twilight and light pollution compromise any astronomical object near the horizon. Mercury will…
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To Mercury By Way Of Slinky Crescent

Catch any northern lights last night? It wasn’t easy. A low glow and a few faint rays appeared in the northern sky early just after the end of evening twilight. I also saw some glow early this morning just before the start of dawn. Forecasts still call for a G1 or minor geomagnetic storm (Kp=5)…
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Lunar Triangle / Departing Venus Runs Into Mercury

After a busy weekend watching moonrises and lunar halos a guy needs a break. Today we catch our breath, astronomically speaking, so we can prepare for an exciting moon-star-planet conjunction and the return of Mercury on Tuesday. We’re now on UUT, universally unwanted time, better known as daylight saving time.  Studies have shown that DST…
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Start Your Day With Mercury

These late sunrises make for fun surprises. The other morning I got up around 6:30 to look for the planet Mercury, now making a pleasing appearance in the southeastern sky at dawn. After a short drive to a location with a wide open horizon facing that direction, I watched the little planet climb above a…
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Three Dawn Planets On A String

My fingertips are still tender after today’s happy morning. I drove out to the country in hopes of seeing three comets — V2 Johnson, ER61 PANSTARRS and U1 NEOWISE — before dawn. I tracked them all down from an icy road in the –24°F shivery silence, my fingers curled around hand warmer packets inside lined gloves. My hunt…
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