"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."

— Dr. Lee De Forest

Mercury

Mercury Transit Watch

Event Date: 
Mon, 05/09/2016 - 7:00am - 2:30pm

Mercury TransitNJAG and the staff of the Newark Museum's Dreyfuss Planetarium will have solar telescopes set up at Eagle Rock Reservation on Monday, May 9 for the rare transit of Mercury.

 

Getting Out When Its Clear

If you haven't been out to see Venus and Mercury at their closest now is the time.  The night is clear, looking west from a clear western horizon, stretch out your arm and about 1 1/2 - 2 fist high you will see Venus.  Of course you can see it clearly since it is very bright.  Now if you know the distance of the two outer stars of Orions Belt, they are just over 2 and nearly 3 degrees apart.  Venus and Mercury are just over three degrees apart, with Mercury to the right of Venus at a 0.2 magnitude.  Venus is at -3.9 magnitude considerably brighter.  The next we

9 Astronomy MIlestones for 2009

9 Astronomy Milestones in 2009
By Jeremy Hsu
SPECIAL to SPACE.com
posted: 28 December 2009
06:09 pm ET

Unexpected sighting

 Setting up my sd Skysensor controlled Vixen mount in front of my yard when I noticed the day or 2 day old Moon in the west, just down the street (so it seemed).  I also noticed a "bright star"  southeast of the Moon and questioned myself could that be Mercury?