Now is the time when Mercury and Venus are visible in the morning sky. For those up before the sun, be sure to look for these jewels. Often referred to as morning stars, inner planets are either in morning skies before sunrise or evening skies after sunset. Inner planets never stray far from the sun. Mercury can be as far as about 25 degrees away and Venus can be just over 45 degrees away.

To find them, look east. Venus is 25 degrees above the horizon and Mercury is between Venus and the horizon at sunrise. The constellation Gemini hangs twice as high as Venus. There are no bright stars in that part of the sky and binoculars may be of help.

To see other night sky wonders, join us at the Insperity Observatory for public night, the first Friday each month, sunset to 10 p.m. Our website is: humbleisd.net/observatory.

 

 

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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.