The planet Mercury

Image of Mercury
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From Ashburn , Mercury is difficult to observe as it will appear no higher than 12° above the horizon. It is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:30 (EST) – 1 hour and 49 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 12° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:52.

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Name Mercury
Object Type Inferior Planet
Current Position
Constellation:Libra
Magnitude:-0.44 (V)[1]
Right Ascension:15h55m [1]
Declination:-17°56' [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
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
28 Nov 2019, 07:18 EST  –  Mercury at greatest elongation west
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39.04°N
77.49°W
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