observing mercury

Catch the Moon pairing with Mercury & Venus Tonight

by David Dickinson June 10, 2013

If you’ve never seen Mercury, this week is a great time to try. Over the past few weeks, observers worldwide have been following the outstanding tight triple conjunction of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter low to the west at dusk. David Dickinson on Google+

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New Crater Names Approved for Mercury’s South Pole & More

by David Dickinson March 27, 2013

Move over, Tolkien & Tryggvadóttir. Yesterday, an announcement was made that the International Astronomical Union (IAU) approved proposed names for nine new craters on the planet Mercury. The names honor deceased writers, artists and musicians following the convention established by the IAU for naming features on the innermost world. The announcement comes as NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft has completed mapping of […]

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See Mercury at its Greatest Elongation for 2013

by David Dickinson March 25, 2013

A fine apparition of the planet Mercury graces the dawn skies this week, leading up to its greatest elongation from the Sun for 2013. It seems that nearly every appearance of the planet Mercury is touted as the “best” these days. Such was the case with the inner-most world’s dusk showing early last month. Truth […]

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