Thursday, February 23, 2006

Mercury Shines Bright In The Night Sky

The planet Mercury will be the second brightest object in the night sky on the evenings of February 23 and 24, and will continue to be well visible through the beginning of March.

Mercury is difficult to get a good glimpse of most of the time. It is so close to the Sun compared to Earth (it's roughly 1/3 of the distance from the Sun as we are) that it is usually only visible briefly, if not entirely obscured by the Sun's glare due to the perspective we are viewing from.

However, conditions are optimal for the next few days to get a really nice view of Mercury at its brightest, and also to get a rare view of Mercury framed with our crescent Moon on February 28 and March 1.

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