Mercury

Observed:  Points: 75

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as of 11/16/2018 12:28 p.m.

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General Info

as of 11/16/2018 12:28 p.m.

TypePlanet
Constellation Ophiuchus
Magnitude0.58
OrbitsSun
Right ascension16:47:08.91 (Hours)
Declination-24:32:00.1 (Deg)
% illuminated32.884
Distance from Earth0.81210AU
Distance from Sun0.35105AU
Elongation19:29:20.9
Mass0.055 ⊕

The first of 8 planets in our solar system

☉ Solar Masses ⊕ Earth Masses j Jupiter Masses

Mercury

Celestron Omni XLT 150
75 points

Great day for solar observing! This is the first time I've been able to observe Mercury as I have a poor view of the horizon. Watching it move across the sun was particularly interesting as it's hard to believe something can orbit that fast.

Finally up early enough to see Mercury, a shining point in the red glow of the rising sun.

Mercury

Celestron 127eq
75 points

Finally hauled myself out of bed to take a look at the two planets I hadn't seen through my telescope: Mars and Mercury. Mercury appeared to be yellowish, and looked like it was in the gibbous phase. Very pretty, the only naked-eye planet I hadn't (knowingly) seen even without the scope.

Mercury

7x50 Binos
75 points

Great view of Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury in one section of the sky! Finally saw Mercury, it's been a long wait!

Saw this elusive planet while in conjuction with brighter venus.

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