2018, March 11: Venus and Mercury, The Evening Show, Mercury’s Best

Mercury is in its best evening display for the year.  Just four days before Mercury reaches its greatest separation it shares the western evening sky with Venus.  Both planets are easily visible without binoculars or a telescope.  In a week, Mercury appears close to Venus again along with the waxing crescent moon.

For the next few evenings, watch Mercury continue to separate from Venus.  Tonight they are 3.7 degrees apart.

The articles that follow provide details about the planets visible without optical assistance (binoculars or telescope):

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