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Thursday, December 09, 2010


Mercury and the Moon, December 8

Mercury is low to the horizon in this image from the evening of December 8, taken from Largs North, Adelaide. The nearby crescent Moon glows with Earthshine (click to embiggen).

I missed the Mercury-Moon encounter on the 7th, most Australians did, due to cloud and rain (indeed most Australians were worried about serious flooding than watching for planets.

Still last nights grouping of Mercury and the Moon emerged from cloud long enough for me to image. Mercury will become a lot more difficult to see over the week.

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