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Don’t miss Mercury in the eastern sky at dawn during August 2019

8 Aug 2019, 16:26 UTC
Don’t miss Mercury in the eastern sky at dawn during August 2019
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Between about 8 and 20 August 2019, early risers can try their luck at spotting Mercury low in the east-northeast at the start of civil twilight, currently around 42 minutes before sunrise for the heart of the UK. Even though the time of civil dawn (when the Sun is 6° below the horizon) advances a couple of minutes each successive day at UK latitudes, this looping animation shows how the innermost planet’s position relative to the east-northeast horizon of the British Isles remains almost constant, peaking in altitude around 14 August. AN animation by Ade Ashford.Mercury attains a greatest elongation 19 degrees west of the Sun on 9 August 2019, hence the innermost planet is a morning object. This means that early risers in the British Isles with clear skies have several opportunities to view Mercury between the first and third weeks of this month.
The innermost planet has a reputation for being elusive, but the secret to catching a glimpse of it is mainly timing. For this particular apparition, observers in the UK need to be scanning the east-northeast around the onset of civil twilight when the Sun is 6 degrees below the horizon.
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