Friday, May 29, 2020

spotted Mercury and Venus (Blue Mountains)

Rhonda and I saw Venus very low. About 3 or 2 degrees above the horizon. I saw Mercury naked eye before I saw Venus. Mercury above! Weird.

Could see a nice crescent for the second planet in the 15x70 binoculars.

I thought back to the driveway sighting a week or so back. Wasn't Mercury below Venus then? Speedy planet...



Confirmed that on the evening of 21 May, Mercury was just below Venus.

So Mercury has been rapidly climbing to greatest elongation (4 Jun) and Venus has been quickly "falling" into the Sun heading toward inferior conjunction (2-3 Jun). Fascinating.

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