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Thread: Great Mercury Viewing Coming Up

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    On April 1st, Mercury appears at its highest altitude of the year for viewers around 40 degrees North latitude. It's also at greatest eastern elongation, 19 degrees from the Sun, and its magnitude is -0.2 light doesn't set until more than 1.5 hours after the Sun. This should make a great view in binoculars or a telescope if you can get a view this low to the horizon. However, by April 8th, Mercury's phase deceases from 43% to 16% lit, and its brightness also decreases by more than 1.5 magnitudes. Around this time Mercury stands about 7 degrees over the West-Northwest horizon. I last enjoyed viewing Mercury in 2010, but could only see it naked eye or with binoculars, as my yard and neighboring houses blocked my view using a telescope. Many amateur astronomers have never seen Mercury, so I hope that you take advantage of this fine observing opportunity.
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    Default Re: Great Mercury Viewing Coming Up

    April 1st? Does it also come closer to the earth than the moon?
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    Default Re: Great Mercury Viewing Coming Up

    I hope it clears up here so I can get a look.
    Thank you for the heads up.
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    Default Re: Great Mercury Viewing Coming Up

    Thanks Marshall!

    It looks like I'll still be in the throes of a TOAD on April 1st.
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    Hopefully I will be able to find some clear skies to enjoy the view. Thank you for the info Marshall
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    Default Re: Great Mercury Viewing Coming Up

    Strange I thought it was getting 'lower' I will have to keep an eye out for it
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    Default Re: Great Mercury Viewing Coming Up

    I have a feeling that Mercury is gonna April Fools a lot of Astronomers on that day.
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