Planet Mercury never strays far from the sun in the sky. Now is one of those times when you can see it in the western sky shortly after sunset. If you look a bit south of west after sunset you will see Jupiter close to the horizon. Further south (left) and much fainter is the planet Mercury. It will be a bit higher in the sky.

Mercury was at its highest point in the sky as it reached greatest eastern elongation (biggest angle from the sun) on Nov. 6. Both planets are now getting closer to the sun every day. Catch them low in the west before they disappear.

To see Saturn and Mars, join us for public night at the Insperity Observatory the first Friday each month from sunset to 10 p.m. We are into the season of viewing some of the most spectacular objects in the nighttime sky.

Aaron Clevenson
Author: Aaron ClevensonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am the observatory director at the Insperity Observatory in Humble ISD. I am also an adjunct astronomy professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery where I teach solar system astronomy and stars and galaxies astronomy. I am the author of the astronomy textbook, “Astronomy for Mere Mortals.” I am a past president of the North Houston Astronomy Club, and was the chair of Astronomy Day in Southeast Texas in 2015 and 2016. He is an observing program director with The Astronomical League, coordinates their Master Observer Progression Awards, and has authored six of their observing programs.

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