Have you ever seen the planet Mercury?
orbits so close to the Sun, it never wanders far from the Sun in
If trailing the Sun,
Mercury will be visible
low on the horizon for only a short while
If leading the Sun,
Mercury will be visible only shortly before sunrise.
So at certain times of the year an
informed skygazer with a little determination can usually pick
out from a site with an unobscured horizon.
Above, a lot of determination has been combined
with a little
digital manipulation to
show Mercury's successive positions during March of 2000.
Each picture was taken from the same location in Spain
when the Sun itself was 10 degrees below the
horizon and superposed on the single most
Currently, Mercury is
visible in the western sky after sunset, but will disappear in the Sun's glare after a few days.
Credit & Copyright:
Juan Carlos Casado