The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

New Year’s Planets

A little cloudy here this morning, but just enough breaks to get Venus, the crescent Moon and Mercury.

Venus is at the top, the Moon beneath it and Mercury is in the lower left.  Tomorrow morning the Moon will be slightly beneath Mercury.  Mercury is nice and bright and easy to find…well, easy to find for Mercury!

January 1, 2011 - Posted by | Astrophotography, Observing, Solar System

2 Comments »

  1. Awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mercury before. What time will it be up? How do I know when I’m seeing it rather than a star?

    Comment by Jordan | January 1, 2011 | Reply

    • I was up about 50 minutes before sunrise. Mercury may be a little lower since you are further north. If you can find the crescent Moon, Mercury will be just above and to left of the Moon tomorrow morning (assuming northern hemisphere observer!) Venus is bright and high in the sky. Mercury is the next brightest object…it is brighter than Antares which is the brightest star in that area of the morning sky right now.

      Comment by halfastro | January 1, 2011 | Reply


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