Wednesday, February 13, 2013

nailed Mercury (Toronto)

Moon was lovely in the bright blue sky as I walked to Bloor. Stopped at the parkette to try to spot Mercury. Tried to use the crescent of the young Moon as a pointer. Suspected it would be high. But no joy. Neither could I spot Jupiter.

Emerging from grocery store, some 30 or 40 minutes later, I was treated to a darker sky. I could see Earthshine in the cradle of light. Jupiter was almost straight up. Aldebaran glowed beside it, to the east. And as I walked west now through the parkette, I saw two faint glistening points. One was moving. The other stayed put. Ah ha!

Less than ten degrees up, just over the trees, but easily spotted, I saw Mercury naked eye.

Stellarium says it is magnitude -0.56. It is just under 18° from the Sun.

That made my day.

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