The planet Mercury

Image of Mercury
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From Fairfield , Mercury is difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 10° above the horizon. It is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:32 (EST) – 1 hour and 36 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 10° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:42.

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Name Mercury
Object Type Inferior Planet
Current Position
Constellation:Libra
Magnitude:-0.57 (V) [1]
Absolute mag (H):-0.65 [1]
Slope parameter (n):2.00 [1]
Right ascension:15h43m [1]
Declination:-18°14' [1]
Distance:1.21 AU
10.04 lightmin [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:15 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
11 Nov 2019  –  Mercury at inferior solar conjunction
11 Nov 2019  –  Transit of Mercury
16 Nov 2019  –  Mercury at perihelion
25 Nov 2019  –  Mercury at dichotomy
27 Nov 2019  –  Mercury reaches highest point in morning sky
28 Nov 2019  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
30 Dec 2019  –  Mercury at aphelion
10 Jan 2020  –  Mercury at superior solar conjunction
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