Brilliant Venus and Mercury stand side-by-side during today’s evening twilight. Mercury is making its best appearance of the year. Venus is an Evening Star for nearly the rest of the year.
This evening they are about 1 degree apart. Mercury moves higher until it reaches its greatest separation from the sun and then dives back into the sun’s glare. Mercury passes about 4 degrees from the moon on March 18. The crescent moon joins the pair that evening.
The articles that follow provide details about the planets visible without optical assistance (binoculars or telescope):
- Chart and Image Collection
- 2018: The Morning Sky
- 2018: The Evening Sky
- 2018, March 18: Venus, Mercury and the Moon
- 2018, April 2: Saturn-Mars Conjunction
- 2018: Mercury in the Morning Sky
- 2018: Mercury in the Evening Sky
- 2018: Five Planets Visible at Once
- 2018: Venus the Evening Star
- 2017-2019: Mars Observing Year with a Perihelic Opposition, July 27, 2018
- 2018: Mars Perihelic Opposition
- 2017-2018: Jupiter’s Year in the Claws of the Scorpion, A Triple Conjunction