Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Clouds, the Moon, and Mercury

Yikes, it has been quite hazy and cloudy for weeks here on Bonaire. That was a good thing when I was out the other Saturday, clearing the thorn bushes from a bike riding trail, but it has wrecked the stargazing.

Last night the slender crescent Moon and Mercury were right next to each other in the west after sunset. We could see the moon peaking dimly through the clouds, but Mercury was hidden. I just saw a cool picture online from someone who had clear skies in Ireland.

Mercury is well placed in the evening sky for a week or so now, so get outside and look for it if you have a chance. Here is a brief article about where to look and what you'll see.

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