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!

Enjoy!

 

– Meteorologist Pierce Legeion

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

Courtesy: earthsky.org

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