Mercury snuggles as much as the crescent moon tonight

Mercury shall be along side the crescent moon on Sept. 8, 2021, at 4:18 p.m. EDT (2018 GMT). The pair shall be seen above the western horizon after sundown. (Picture credit score: SkySafari app)

The tiny planet Mercury will make an in depth method to the crescent moon within the night sky tonight (Sept. 8), however the pair could also be troublesome to watch. 

Mercury and the moon shall be simply above the western horizon at sundown, which suggests you will not have a lot time to watch Mercury earlier than it, too, sinks under the horizon. Though the planet shall be up within the sky earlier than sundown, it may be troublesome and harmful to see it within the solar’s brilliant glare. 

In New York Metropolis, for instance, the solar units at 7:16 p.m. EDT tonight, lower than one hour earlier than Mercury units at 8:06 p.m. native time, based on Time and Date. The day-old waxing crescent moon — which simply reached new part on Monday (Sept. 6) — units shortly after Mercury, at 8:29 p.m. 

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Mercury and the moon reached a conjunction, that means they shared the identical celestial longitude whereas making an in depth method, at 4:18 p.m. EDT (2018 GMT) in the present day, based on the skywatching website In-The-Sky.org. The pair will stay shut collectively within the sky all night, however you could want binoculars or a telescope to see Mercury. 

As a result of Mercury is so near the horizon after sundown, it will likely be troublesome or inconceivable to watch from northern latitudes. In keeping with NASA, the planet ought to be observable at mid-northern latitudes and farther south. The nearer you’re to the equator, the higher your view shall be, because the planet will stay within the sky longer after sundown. In Miami, for instance, the solar units in the present day at 7:32 p.m. EDT, whereas Mercury units at 8:40 p.m. native time.

In case you aren’t capable of spot Mercury tonight, you’ll have higher luck in search of Venus, which is shining brightly to the south (left) of Mercury and is increased up within the sky. Venus units in New York Metropolis at 8:48 p.m. native time however shall be above the horizon in Miami till 9:30 p.m. native time. 

To search out out precisely what time the planets will rise and set out of your location, try this evening sky calculator from Time and Date. 

E-mail Hanneke Weitering at hweitering@house.com or observe her @hannekescience. Observe us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Fb.

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