View Mercury This Week

Our fiery neighbor, Mercury, is the closest planet to our Sun and is overhead frequently during daylight hours, but is more difficult to spot at night.
On February 26 - 27 Mercury reaches its greatest western elongation in its orbit around the Sun as viewed from Earth. That makes this an ideal week to view Mercury in the western sky following sunset. The gray planet will be shine brightly at mag -0.5 up to 17° above the western horizon. You will have about an hour to observe it before quick Mercury slips out of sight again.
Grab your telescope and check it out!.

Image Credit: NASA

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