Colorado Events January 18, 2023
There Are 3 Times You Can Spot Mercury With The Naked Eye In Colorado During 2023
You learned about the planets in grade school and know that Mercury is the closest to the sun, but if you were anything like me, you figured you would never see that or any other planet in your lifetime. False! In fact, this year alone, you can spot Mercury a whopping 3 times with your naked eye! Here’s how you can view Mercury with the naked eye in Colorado in 2023:
Mark your calendars, as January 30th, May 29th, and September 22nd are slated to be the 2023 dates for Mercury's best viewability in the western hemisphere!
Sea and Sky, Mercury will be at or near 25 degrees from the sun on each of these dates, meaning it is "at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky."
As the last line implies, the best time to see Mercury these days is in the morning, specifically right before sunrise.
While the peak days will be on January 30th, May 29th, and September 22nd, you may still be able to see Mercury before and after these days, with viewings slated to begin in the middle of each month.
Mercury should be easy to spot thanks to its location along the horizon, size, and brightness.
If you can find Mercury in this picture, you shouldn't have any problem finding it in the early morning hours!
While you should be able to see Mercury from almost anywhere in Colorado, the best place may just be at one of our
dark sky parks.
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