Strange Planetary Alignment
 

 

Rare Planetary Alignment

Throughout the start of April the planets Mercury and Venus will be close to each other in the evening sky. Although it will be plainly visible to the naked eye, it is thought that less 1% of the Earth's population has ever seen Mercury since it is so close to the Sun. This is an excellent chance to see Mercury and join this exclusive club.

As you may know, the planet Venus is the brightest star like object in the night sky and can be seen low in the West immediately after sunset i.e. from 8pm in Ireland. It will look like a brilliant light blazing in the West for an hour or so.

If you would like to learn more about Mercury, Dr. David Rothery will be giving our April public lecture on Moday 12th. More details about "Mercury - New Insights" can be found HERE

 

Mercury and Venus will appear low in the West at 8:30 each evening throughout most of the month. The maps below show where they can be found each evening


Venus close to Mercury April 1 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 2 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 3 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 4 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 5 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 6 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 7 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 8 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 9 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 10 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 11 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 12 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 13 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 14 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 15 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 16 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 17 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

Venus close to Mercury April 18 at 8:30pm (low in West)
 

 


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