Observing Program Division Announcement – Mars & Mercury Conjunction

Although not as close as the Grand Conjunction, and admitedly not as grand, on August 18, 2021, we will be treated to a pretty cool conjunction of Mars and Mercury.  They will be under 8 arcminutes apart, but may be a bit of a challenge.  At sunset, they will be at 10 degrees (one fist-width above the horizon) and 273 degrees azimuth (basically west).  They should fit in one field of view for most telescopes at modest power.

Although not part of any of the Astronomical League Observing Programs or Awards, well worth the effort to see this jewel.

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