Mercury Meets Venus

   Sunday evening January 11th after sunset the two inner planets Mercury and Venus will be within less than 1o from one another in a nice viewable conjunction. This conjunction is a result of both planets eastward motion away from the Sun toward their respective eastern elongations. Mercury, as the innermost and fastest of the two, will not quite catch up with Venus, and will be just a few days before it (Mercury) reaches eastern elongation. At that point Mercury reverses direction and begins moving in retrograde, westward toward the Sun and away from the still eastward moving Venus.
   See some additional information about the two planets in a previous post.

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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