Young Moon – Mercury Conjunction

   Early Saturday evening January 25th the 1.5-day young thin waxing crescent Moon will be about 1-2o from the innermost planet Mercury. Both are within about 15o, or about 1 hour, behind (to the east) from the Sun as this graphic shows. Local time for sunset is around 5:30 pm CST and the Moon and Mercury set approximately 1 hours later.

   This is definitely a binocular viewing opportunity especially for trying to see a very young crescent Moon. The youngest observed Moon on record was seen by Stephen James O’Meara in May of 1990 when he saw a 15 hour 32 minute crescent Moon.

   However be very careful as the Sun is close to the Moon and Mercury.

   
   
   

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