Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mercury and Venus in the Head of the Scorpion

Evening sky looking west as seen from Adelaide at 8:30 pm local daylight saving time on Friday November 4, 2011 showing the Mercury and Venus in the head of the Scorpion. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time. Click to embiggen.

Mercury and Venus are side by side, around 2 degrees from each other, and spend the early part of November climbing the Scorpion together.

On November 4, Mercury and Venus are in the horizontal bar of stars that make up the head of the constellation of the Scorpion. With Mercury 0.7 degrees from Delta Scorpii, this will look quite amazing. Look to the west around an hour after sunset for best viewing, although they will be low above the horizon.

On the 5th the pair are still close to the head of the Scorpion, and well worth looking out for too.

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