It’s a Great Time to See Mercury

Last week and this week are the best times to spot the elusive planet Mercury, as it’s orbit brings it nearly 1/3 of the way up our western horizon in the evening sky.

The bets time is about 1/2 hour after sunset. Go out and look to the west-northwest for a small, dim starlike object in the twilight.

Mercury in the western sky the evening of May 14th

Last week Mercury was very near the crescent moon on the 6th, making a striking pair.

If you miss Mercury this week (or next), you will have another chance in the evening sky when September comes along.

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