Monday, March 14, 2011

Mercury joins Jupiter in the evening sky

The smallest planet in the solar system, Mercury, joins Jupiter, the largest planet. On Sunday night, Mercury appeared to bright Jupiter's lower right. On Wednesday around 8 p.m., Mercury climbs to Jupiter's right. As the evenings pass, Mercury rises higher while Jupiter sinks lower, eventually disappearing by March 22. Mercury should remain visible until March 27 before it, too, disappears in the bright evening twilight.

Such is our view from Earth...