The planet Mercury

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From Fairfield , Mercury is difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 9° above the horizon. It will become visible around 17:11 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 9° above your south-western horizon. It will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 20 minutes after the Sun at 18:10.

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Name Mercury
Object Type Inferior Planet
Current Position
Constellation:Capricornus
Magnitude:-0.86 (V) [1]
Absolute mag (H):-0.65 [1]
Slope parameter (n):2.00 [1]
Right ascension:21h04m [2]
Declination:-18°09' [2]
Distance:1.15 AU
9.54 lightmin [2]
Orbital Elements [2]
Semi-major axis:0.39 AU
Eccentricity:0.205631
Inclination:7.00°
Longitude ascending node:48.33°
Argument of perihelion:29.12°
Epoch of elements:01 January 2000
Mean Anomaly at epoch:174.79°
Derived quantities
Perihelion:0.31 AU
Aphelion:0.47 AU
Orbital period:0.24 years
Sources
[1] Robin M. Green, Spherical Astronomy, 1985, ISBN 0-521-31779-7
[2] Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac. 1992. K. P. Seidelmann, Ed., p.316
Visibility from Fairfield

All times shown in Fairfield local time.

Events
19 Dec 2020  –  Mercury at superior solar conjunction
23 Jan 2021  –  Mercury at greatest elongation east
25 Jan 2021  –  Mercury at dichotomy
27 Jan 2021  –  Mercury reaches highest point in evening sky
28 Jan 2021  –  Mercury at perihelion
08 Feb 2021  –  Mercury at inferior solar conjunction
28 Feb 2021  –  Mercury reaches highest point in morning sky
02 Mar 2021  –  Mercury at dichotomy
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