Mercury at Inferior Conjunction

Today Mercury will pass through inferior conjunction. The planet will reappear in the dawn during the last week of January.

There will be a lovely conjunction with Venus starting in early February with Mercury and Venus staying fairly close, less than 5° most of the month. On the morning of February 6th the pair will be joined by a crescent Moon for a lovely trio. As this occurs around maximum elongation for Mercury the conjunction will be about 25° from the Sun and well up in the dawn sky.

Mercury Events for 2016

  Date UT Separation Magnitude
Morning Feb 7 25.6°W +0.2
Evening Apr 18 19.9°E +0.4
Morning Jun 5 24.2°W +0.7
Evening Aug 16 27.4°E +0.6
Morning Sep 28 17.9°W -0.2
Evening Dec 11 20.8°E -0.2

Source: Mercury Chasers Calculator

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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