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Mercury in the evening, Feb 2013 February 13, 2013

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, Urban Observing.
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Some of the best views of Mercury this year happen over the next few nights. Greatest eastward elongation occures on the 16th, but it’s also drifting south, so the easiest views should be the 14th and 15th. It’s still worth looking for a couple days after the 16th too.

Binoculars or a small ‘scope will help, but if you have good eyes, clear skies, and a low horizon, you might not need them.

On the 16th, Mercury sets 1.75 hours after the Sun. At 7 PM in Ann Arbor, it will 7 degrees up in the WSW.

Heres a map, made using Starry Night.

Looking west at 7 PM on Feb. 16, 2013. Created using Starry Night software.

Looking west at 7 PM on Feb. 16, 2013. Created using Starry Night software.

 

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