From Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th June 2019, Mars and Mercury will appear in the evening dusk within a degree of each other.

Viewers with good visibility to the horizon will see them within the same wide-field eyepiece view.

This first image shows you where to look for them on the evening on Tuesday 18th June, 45 minutes after sunset. You can see them about 10° above the horizon between west and midwest horizons.

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Stars are shown to magnitude 5.0 in the picture above, but the skyglow from the setting sun may well mean you don’t see them all.

This second image gives you a sense of what to see within a 1° diameter field of view (blue ring). The sky will be brighter than this, but the glow of dusk has been removed to make the image clearer.

The blue ring represents a 1° field of view. Click for larger image.

Both images are from Sky Safari 6.

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