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    Here are some images of Mercury near Jupiter (Mercury is on the lower right) tonight - the first time I have ever seen planet Mercury, believe it or not! It has always eluded me until tonight - it was amazingly obvious once I had seen it.




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    Very cool. If we can get a clear sunset I am hoping to catch it myself.

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    - the first time I have ever seen planet Mercury, believe it or not!
    I believe it. I have seen it only very briefly myself before it disappeared behind the mountain ridge to my West. (see my horizon link below). Clouds have prevented me from taking advantage of the recent opportunity. It is possible that an auspicious combination of conditions may not appear again, and I might never get another glimpse of the elusive Mercury.

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    I read that less than 1% of the worlds population have ever seen it - I also asked my dad who has been an amateur astronomer since his teens, and he has only seen it once.

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    well i caught a brief glimpse of it last night. first time for me too but my astronomy career is only about 3 months so far. so i guess i'm lucky

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    I was able to see it this past Friday. Didn't realize how apparently rare a sighting is. By the time the Sun went down and it was visible, Mercury was only about 7 degrees off the horizon. Through the scope it was refracting a lot of colors due to the sunset, LP etc.

    It was really nice to be able to spot it.

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