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Helio C. Vital
Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
07:00 pm

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Nikon P900 CoolPix Camera on tripod

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Comments: This elongation of Mercury has been a quite unfavorable one for observers in the Southern Hemisphere. Thus, in spite of being 19.2 degrees away from the Sun this evening, Mercury (m=-0.7) was only 11 degrees above the horizon at sunset. Luckily though, I managed to capture it [upper right of photo], using a Nikon P900 CoolPix camera at auto mode, just before setting over Saquarema, a small coastal city 7 km away (and 50 miles East of Rio de Janeiro), as the planet was only about 3 degrees above the western horizon. Illuminated in green, the Maria de Nazaré Church is seen standing prominently in the background.