Venus and Mercury are both in conjunction with the Sun today (Wednesday 8/17), so the SOHO C3 camera can see them both.
Here’s a movie from the C3 camera has both Venus (blazing bright above the sun)and Mercury (faint dot below the sun). If you watch the movie, look for a tiny dot moving out from under the support for the bar that blocks out the sun about the end of Aug 14th. It’s a little more than halfway down from the center. You can tell it’s Mercury because it moves differently (slightly faster) than the other tiny dots.
Where to look for Saturn in the sky…
Saturn is rising about sunset – low in the southeast – following Jupiter and ahead of ruddy Mars, both of which are brighter than Saturn. Saturn can be seen without a telescope, it’s about as bright as most of the brightest stars. It will look oblong in binoculars and show that it has rings in spotting scopes and telescopes of 30 power or more.
If you have questions, leave a comment!
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