Monday, May 5, 2008
Mercury: A Challenge, Mars: Continues Marching
Shortly after sunset, the small planet Mercury is visible very low in the wnw. If the air is clear, it is surprising how bright it is. Just to Mercury's left is the brightest star in Taurus, Aldebaran. See the image above.
On Wednesday after 8:45 p.m. the crescent moon is to the right of Mercury. For the next 10 days or so, the little planet climbs higher each evening becoming easier to spot. By the third week of May, though, it rapidly drops from view as it moves between the Earth and the sun.
Mars continues its journey past Castor and Pollux. The "triplets" are easily seen in the image above.
Such is our view from Earth..