Mercury Visible in the Western Sky Through Mid-May 2015

Dad and three sons on a clear night looking thru a telescope

The speedy planet Mercury remains visible above the western horizon after sunset through mid-May 2015. The planet reached greatest eastern elongation on May 7 and remains tangled between the stars of the Hyades and Pleiades about 8º to 10º above the northwestern horizon. Go have a look for Mercury for yourself, and bring a pair of binoculars if you have them to help you get a better view. It’s a badge of honor to see this elusive little world. Legend has it that even the great 16th-century astronomer Nicholas Copernicus never once saw Mercury because of the low-lying fog and mists surrounding his home.

Of course, Mercury’s been in the news recently as NASA’s MESSENGER probe ended its mission by slamming into the planet at 8,000 mph on April 30, 2015. If you missed it, Slooh presented a live member show to discuss the impact and the mission. During this show, we also presented live daytime telescopic images of Mercury from our feed partners. Not a Slooh member yet? Get started right here…

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