29 January 2014

New Moon and Mercury at Dusk

Mercury and a Young Moon
Elusive Mercury springs into view as January comes to an end, emerging in the glare of dusk this week. The very thin crescent Moon emerges at the same time, and a careful observer with a clear western horizon (and a good pair of binoculars) will have a lovely sight to enjoy. I enjoy seeing the stars and Moon emerge from the glare of the sunset, and when I have a clear view of the sky to the west after sunset I also look backwards to experience the Belt of Venus as it rises on the opposite horizon and envelops the eastern horizon.

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