Saturday, March 05, 2005

The hummingbird planet

posted by Chet at 1:50 PM UTC

It seems like only yesterday little Mercury was doing its pas de deux with Venus in the morning sky. Now here it is climbing steeply away from the setting Sun, a lovely evening apparition. Mercury darts around the Sun every 88 days, dawn to dusk and back again. The "hummingbird" planet, star guru Fred Schaaf calls it.
A head's up: Next Friday evening, the 11th, a deliciously thin crescent Moon will join Mercury in the darkening sky at sunset. Put it on your calendar and hope for clear skies.