Tag: Mercury

Say goodbye to Mercury and Jupiter (photo). The planetary sky show is over.

September 4, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 September 2016) The evening planet twilight show has well and truly ended with both Mercury and Jupiter lost in the evening twilight for casual sky watchers. I couldn’t see Mercury with my unaided eyes and it was only just visible in the images I took. I could see Jupiter but it […]

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Look for Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon in evening twilight tonight

September 4, 2016 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 4 September 2016) Don’t panic if you didn’t miss last month’s close encounter between Venus and Jupiter, don’t panic. Firstly, you can ‘just’ still see Mercury and Jupiter in the evening twilight below Venus and the crescent Moon. You will need a clear sky and low horizon tonight. Binoculars are highly recommended […]

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Mercury, Venus and Jupiter dazzle in the evening twilight (photo)

August 27, 2016 | By | 2 Comments

Send to Kindle(Posted 27 August 2016) Make sure you are taking a couple of minutes over the next few nights to look at the unfolding planetary close encounter that is happening between Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. No telescope is required. Just look to the West as the sky darkens (6.30 pm AEST for most of […]

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Mercury and crescent Moon in the evening twilight (photo)

August 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 27 August 2014) The cloud was kind earlier this evening and cleared above the Brindabella’s to allow me to take an image of the slim crescent Moon and Mercury low above the Western horizon. The thing I like in particular about the image is seeing the night side of the Moon lit […]

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Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in the bright evening twilight tonight (with photo)

June 3, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Send to Kindle(Posted 3 June 2013) I thought I would try and get a photo of Jupiter before it disappears into the glare of the Sun and then conjunction on 20 June 2013. The above photo won’t win any awards as the sky is too light. However, given how close Jupiter is to conjunction, I […]

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Mercury, Venus and Jupiter photographed in the evening twilight tonight

May 28, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

I have had one eye on the Western horizon over the last few nights as Mercury, Venus and Jupiter have gathered in a very loose group above the North Western horizon over the last few nights. I was caught by surprise tonight as the cloud above the North Western horizon cleared enough for […]

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Mercury bound spacecraft photographs the Solar System from the ‘inside’

February 19, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

NASA’s Mercury bound MESSENGER spacecraft has been used to image the first portrait of our Solar System from the ‘inside’ looking out. The portrait consists of 34 images taken by MESSENGER’s Wide Angle Camera on November 3 and 16, 2010. The portrait or mosaic has just been released. In the mosaic, all of […]

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Earth and Moon seen from 183 million kilometers away

August 20, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

The MESSENGER team have released the below image of the Earth and Moon as seen from 183 million kilometers away by the MESSENGER spacecraft which is currently on its way to orbit the innermost planet in our solar system: Mercury. The image was released on 17 August 2010 (US time). Text from the […]

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