Mercury Greatest Elongation July 30th

Mercury is at its greatest angular distance from the Sun on the morning of July 30th. At 9:39 am the planet will be 20° west of the Sun. At this time of the morning Mercury won’t be visible to us here in the UK. For us, the best time to observe Mercury will be around 4:20am. Mercury will be very low so you will need a good clear horizon to the NE. The picture below gives you an idea of what to look for:



If the weather ever clears up then there is a chance to see a bright comet over the next few weeks. See the chart below:

The chart shows the position of comet PannSTARRS over the next couple of weeks

The above chart shows the sky for 19:00UT on the 9th March 2013, with the trajectory of PanSTARRS overlaid on top of it.

You’ll need a good clear western horizon and a pair of binoculars. On the 13th there is a thin crescent Moon to the north of the comet:

PanSTARRS and the Moon on the 13th March 2013, 19:00UT.

Next main meeting

Just to remind you all that our next main meeting takes place on 11th March 2013 at the All Saints Methodist Church Hall, Dorchester Crescent, OX14 2AQ. Mr. Grant Privett is coming to tell you about 10 things to see.

As always, if anyone has anything they would like to talk about after tea then please let me know as soon as possible. It can be about anything astronomical.

Just to let you know, the church car park will be busy as the church also has events on Monday night. We have been asked by the church to keep the disabled bays free (the car park spaces next to the bins) so please don’t park in these bays.