Mercury and Venus came so close in the morning sky this month that they fitted into a single binocular field. But from Earth’s northerly latitudes, Mercury was hard to see! Photos here.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Dr Ski in Valencia, Philippines, caught Venus and Mercury on April 16, 2019. He wrote: “Mercury is a tough nut to crack!” And so it was. For those on the northern part of Earth this month, Mercury lived up to its reputation for being elusive. It was there, below Venus, but hard to spot in the dawn. The view from farther south was better. Dr Ski is at about 8 degrees N. latitude. Thanks, Dr Ski!
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Deeper in the Southern Hemisphere – where the view of these morning planets was best – Carol Comer caught a glorious view of the zodiacal light along with Venus and Mercury on April 9, 2018. Carol said: “The first time I have ever seen zodiacal light, and to have Venus rising with Mercury not far behind was an incredible sight to see. This is on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand, the first island in the world to be designated a dark sky sanctuary!” Carol was at about 36 degrees S. latitude when she captured this image. Thank you, Carol.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Many skywatchers on the northern part of Earth’s globe had the same experience as Ragini Chaturvedi in Long Branch, New Jersey – at about 40 degrees N. latitude – whose photo above shows Venus (middle, top of photo) on April 16, 2019. He wrote: “My eyes with binoculars could see Mercury (and for a blink without binos), but I do not find it here.” Thank you, Ragini!
Bottom line: Photos of Mercury and Venus in the morning sky, April 2019. The two were located in the same binocular field – around 4 degrees (width of two fingers at arm’s length) apart on the sky’s dome – around April 16.