Mercury at greatest eastern elongation

1 month 1 week ago #109930 by Fermidox
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That was earlier today 24th Jan at 18 degrees from the Sun. Here it is this evening, mag -0.6 and 142m km from the Earth. The elusive messenger was visible without optical aid, which is always a thrill -



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1 month 1 week ago #109931 by flt158
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What a super shot that is of Mercury, Finbarr!
-0.6 magnitude is spot on.
There is a bit of a yellow hue to it. 
Mercury appears to be nearer to us than the Sun is judging by its distance you have given us. 
Thank you again, 

Aubrey. 
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1 month 1 week ago #109932 by Keith g
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Nice one Finbarr ! It's always difficult to photograph Mercury, observing it is very special also. 

Well done on braving the cold ;-)

Keith.

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson
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1 month 1 week ago #109935 by Fermidox
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That's right Aubrey, its current distance is 0.94 AU. A little known fact is that Mercury, on average, is closer to the Earth than Venus is...

It was quite a lucky break Keith, looking at the forecast there might not be another opportunity before it closes in on the Sun again.

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1 month 6 days ago #109937 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Finbarr, 

Very well done on capturing this beautiful image of Mercury...wonderful stuff!

Clear skies,

Darren.
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