Mercury Did Not Get Stung!

m35-mercury   Starting this evening and obviously depending on your local weather take a look toward the western horizon at sunset. As I posted yesterday Mercury, in addition to a few other planets and the Moon, are visible above the horizon ranging from the western horizon to the eastern horizon. In particular aim your binoculars at Mercury and as this animated graphic shows, Mercury will be moving past the open star cluster, M-35, near the feet of the Gemini Twins.otherwise known as the Beehive Cluster. My mistake, M-44 is the Beehive cluster and it is in Cancer the Crab.

   
   
   
Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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