The planet Mercury

Image of Mercury
© NASA/JPL/MESSENGER
Finder chart
Please wait
Loading 0/4
Click and drag to rotate
Mouse wheel to zoom in/out
Touch with mouse to dismiss
Click and drag the chart above to pan around the sky, or use the mouse wheel to zoom. Click to enlarge.

From Ashburn , Mercury is not observable – it will reach its highest point in the sky during daytime and is no higher than 1° above the horizon at dusk.

Begin typing the name of a town near to you, and then select the town from the list of options which appear below.
Name Mercury
Object Type Inferior Planet
Current Position
Constellation:Ophiuchus
Magnitude:0.81 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:16h45m [1]
Declination:-23°59' [1]
Orbital Elements[1]
Semi-major axis:0.39 AU
Eccentricity:0.205629
Inclination:7.01°
Longitude ascending node:48.35°
Argument of perihelion:29.08°
Epoch of elements:14 January 1985
Mean Anomaly at epoch:132.23°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.31 AU
Aphelion:0.47 AU
Orbital period:0.24 years
Source
[1] Robin M. Green, Spherical Astronomy, 1985, ISBN 0-521-31779-7
Events
06 Nov 2018, 09:59 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
15 Dec 2018, 10:17 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
26 Feb 2019, 16:29 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
11 Apr 2019, 11:37 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
23 Jun 2019, 20:48 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
09 Aug 2019, 23:26 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
19 Oct 2019, 20:41 EDT  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
11 Nov 2019, 10:20 EST  –  Transit of Mercury
Printable finder charts

Ashburn

Latitude:
Longitude:
Timezone:

39.04°N
77.49°W
EST

Color scheme