Monday, July 18, 2016
Venus (and Mercury) Returns to the Evening Sky. (17 July 2016)
Venus and Mercury have returned to the evening sky. Last Sunday (17 July) the pair were very close together, around a lunar diameter apart.
Unfortunately they were also very low to the horizon. However, 10 minutes after sunset I could easily see Venus , but not Mercury. By half an hour after sunset when the pair were a little over 3 finger-widths above the horizon (which in my case was the ocean, lucky me).
I could just see Mercury with averted vision, in another 10 minutes Mercury was reasonably visible but still a little bit prone to disappear if you looked right at it. I took the picture shortly after this, then hied it back home as the cold and some amazing cold-resistant mosquitoes were getting to me.
Mercury will now pull away from Venus, heading towards Regulus and Jupiter, becoming more visible as the month wears on, and heading for a spectacular conjunction with Jupiter and Venus in late August. .