Arkansas Nature January 19, 2023
There Are 3 Times You Can Spot Mercury With The Naked Eye In Arkansas During 2023
Sky watchers, get ready for the next planetary event coming to a town near you! Soon, you’ll be able to see Mercury with your naked eyes in Arkansas. There are three dates for this phenomenon, so mark your calendars accordingly. On January 30, May 29, and September 22, step into your backyards and marvel at this cosmic spectacle. Mercury will be at its greatest western elongation, and you don’t want to miss this stargazing event in Arkansas this year.
If you haven’t been stargazing, it’s a great time to start, especially since Arkansas has designated Dark Sky Parks.
Though Dark Skies allow for spectacular views of the heavens, there is an event where you can see a show from your backyard.
On January 30, May 29, and September 22, Mercury will reach its greatest distance from the sun.
This celestial event known as Mercury's greatest western elongation, will be truly a sight to behold.
Just before dawn, prior to the sun illuminating the morning skies, you’ll be able to witness Mercury with your naked eyes.
This means you can leave the binoculars and the telescopes alone for this spectacular galactic show.
But do grab your camera as well as a cup of coffee and find a comfortable spot to start your morning in the most magical way.
Look towards the sunrise as the dawn sky begins to gain light and you’ll see Mercury at its highest point above the horizon.
Starting around the middle of January, May, and September, you’ll be able to glimpse the planet, but it will be at its brightest towards the end of those months.
Other dates for the cosmic show include April 11, August 10, and December 4. However, these are eastern elongations and can be spotted in the evening sky, but they are more difficult to see.
So, you’ll want to grab the binoculars to witness the phenomena on those dates. Regardless if you witness the eastern or western elongation, they’re guaranteed to be spectacular galactic shows.
Be sure to mark your calendars, grab your cameras, and get ready for this stargazing event in Arkansas this year.
Have you ever witnessed Mercury at its greatest western elongation ? If so, where did you watch the show? Share your experience as well as your pictures in the comments below.
And be sure to check out our previous article if you’re interested in learning about Arkansas Dark Sky Park .
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