tisdag 15 mars 2011

Evening Planets

How many of the planets in our solar system have you seen?

Now is the best time to catch a glimpse of one of the trickiest planets to see - Mercury.

Simply step out after sunset and look to the west, where there should be two bright "stars" fairly low in the horizon - the two "stars" being the planets Mercury and Jupiter, where Jupiter is the brightest of the two. Mercury is, however, unusually bright right now and should be easy to locate but it will fade rapidly in brightness towards the end of the month.

After sunset on the evening of 15 March, Mercury (being the smallest planet in our solar system) and Jupiter (being the largest) are separeted by only 2 degrees and can be seen right next to eachother which should be an amazing sight.

Having cloudy weather, I have not been able to take a picture of the planet-pair yet, but hopefully I`ll be able to post an image/finder chart by tomorrow evening.

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