Friday, August 14, 2009

Mercury meets Saturn August 17 2009

The evening sky facing east on August 17 at 6:30 pm, showing Mercury and Saturn close together.

Over the past week Mercury has been catching up with Saturn, and climbing higher in the sky. Mercury can be seen clearly now in the western sky an hour after sunset. In a telescope it's a "half moon" shape. Saturn has its rings edge on, but is poorly placed for telescopic viewing.

By the 16th Saturn and Mercury will be very close, and they will be closest on the 17th.

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