Mercury and Venus

With the Moon and Jupiter having departed the sunset stage, Mercury and Venus continue their dance. This evening finds the two about 4° apart with the dimmer Mercury higher in the sky. Mercury has dimmed over the last few weeks and is now only 0.7 magnitude, far dimmer than Venus at -4 magnitude.

Over the coming days the pair will draw closer, passing within 2° on June 19th. As the month wanes the two will then separate ending the dance.

Author: Andrew

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

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