Jupiter and Mercury visible in the western sky to end July

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The planet Mercury reaches its greatest elongation from the sun to end the month of July, meaning it will be at its farthest point from the sun in our sky. It’ll be low in the western sky about 45 minutes after sunset and continue for about an hour after sunset.

Mercury will be right in line with the moon and Jupiter in the western sky. These two will help guide you to Mercury, which will be near the horizon. You’ll need an unobstructed view of the western sky and a clear sky. A pair of binoculars may also come in handy to cut though the summertime haze. And of course, don’t forget about spotting Jupiter as a bonus!



– Meteorologist Pierce Legeion

Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.

Courtesy: earthsky.org

WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s