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):
- 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