01/22/2021 – Ephemeris – Mercury will be at it’s greatest angular distance from the Sun in the evening tomorrow22 Jan 2021, 05:01 UTC
This is Ephemeris for Friday, January 22nd. Today the Sun will be up for 9 hours and 26 minutes, setting at 5:37, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:10. The Moon, 2 days past first quarter, will set at 3:43 tomorrow morning.
The planet Mercury, tomorrow night, will reach its greatest elongation or separation east of the Sun. It will be visible low in the southwestern sky around and for a half hour or so after 6 pm. Mercury, being the closest planet to the Sun, never strays far from it. Here in the Northern Hemisphere never see it outside of twilight. It’s apparent angular separation from the Sun will be 18.6 degrees. We will have a somewhat better view of an evening appearance of Mercury in May when Venus will again be in our evening sky and near Mercury. Mercury takes 88 days on to orbit the Sun. However, we are viewing it from another moving planet. So it takes about 116 days for Mercury to appear to orbit the Sun from our vantage point.
The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Mercury at greatest elongation ...