The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

A Observation that will Tax Your Skills

Tax day comes and may bring stress to reward yourself by trying to catch a threesome of solar system objects at once.  Venus continues to rise higher in the sky as Mercury is setting earlier each night and getting dimmer.  Mercury is still there, but more difficult to see.  Tonight, we get the crescent Moon joining them.  The Moon was new at 12:29 UT (5:29am MST) on April 14th.  By the time the Sun sets tonight, the Moon will be almost 38 hours old (on the west coast) and I can usually pick it out by that time shortly after Sunset.

Mercury may be more difficult.  It is below the crescent Moon so make sure you have a good horizon.  After the Sun sets, you can safely use binoculars to scan for Mercury.  Here is the obligatory Stellarium screen shot for Tucson.

I have improv rehearsal tomorrow night, but will try to sneak out to get a photo!

April 15, 2010 - Posted by | Observing, Solar System

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