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    Re: The Moon is near the Mercury today (2021-05-13)
    From: Tony Oz
    Date: 2021 May 14, 01:18 -0700

    Hooorrrray!

    :)

    I did it!

    We came to my favourite spot (the 60°N;30°E) when the Sun was still at ~6° above the horizon. It took me almost an hour to find the Moon. The screscent was very thin, I never saw such a "young" Moon before.

    Since then I tracked the Moon with a binocular on a tripod, trying to see the Mercury and Venus.

    I could see the Mercury (with my binocular, not by naked eye, alas!) only after the sunset - when it got a bit darker. The Venus was very low by then - almost at ~2°.

    I'm happy, - the Mercury was the last planet from the ancient list of the celestial objects I did not consciously see - comprehending what I was looking at. Several years ago I first saw the Saturn in a similar way - it was near the Moon too.

    I think the next date to see the Mercury will be in the beginning of September (2021), when it will be at its' aphelion AND at its' large(st) elongation simultaneously.

    :D

    Warm regards,
    Tony
    60°N 30°E

       
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