If you want to see Mercury from either hemisphere, keep your eye on Venus. This brilliant beauty of a planet will help guide your eye to Mercury, the innermost planet, when the two come within four degrees of one another (the width of two fingers at arm’s length) in mid-April 2019. The chart below shows the morning of April 16, when we’ll have the closest pairing of the planets Mercury and Venus in the morning sky for all of 2019.
Bottom line: Photos from the EarthSky community of Venus, the old moon and Mercury in the east before sunup in early April 2019. Farewell, old moon! Watch for the moon to return to the west after sunset around April 6 or 7.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.
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