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Helio de Carvalho Vital
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
05:39 pm

Equipment Details:

Nikon CoolPix P900 camera

Image Details:

The photo shows elusive Mercury, shining at m=-1.2, 24 minutes after sunset. It was a mere 3° above Rio`s horizon while the Sun was 6° below. Its east elongation, that will be greatest for this apparition on June 23 (25.1° E), is currently 12.3°. A Nikon CoolPix P900 camera was used for the shots, taken at 17:39 (UTC-3h). The western sky was mostly clouded as shown in the third image but fortunately a narrow gap in the clouds that lasted about 2 minutes allowed me to get the images.