Mercury as February-April Morning Star
Posted by Centaur
on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:16 AM
Mercury has begun its apparition as a morning star following its inferior conjunction between Earth and Sun on 2014 FEB 15. Since its greatest western elongation will occur near its aphelion, this should be an ideal apparition for observers in the tropics and to their south. However, it could be a somewhat poor apparition for observers north of the tropics due to the sharp angle between the ecliptic and horizon at sunrise.
My detailed article describing Mercury’s morning apparition appears under the links for my related preview graphics at: www.CurtRenz.com/mercury
Photos and descriptions of Mercury during its current apparition would be welcome additions to this thread.