Mercury and Venus: Neighbors in the evening sky right now - Tucson News Now

Mercury and Venus: Neighbors in the evening sky right now

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Mercury and Venus are very close to each other in the skies these November evenings.

Click here for November 2011 Guide to Five Visible Planets

Look to the southwest, early in the evening (about 30 to 45 minutes after sunset around 5:30 PM) and you will see the two planets low on the horizon. 

If you do not have an unobstructed view of the horizon to the southwest (e.g. mountains in way), then you will not see these two planets in conjunction. 

Below are details for an event at Kitt Peak National Observatory to see the conjunction. 

But reservations are required by calling the number at the end of this story. 

Even going to Kitt Peak many not guarantee your view of these planets on Sunday evening. 

The forecast is for scattered rain showers all day Sunday and carrying over into Monday. 

The following is a news release from Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Come to Kitt Peak (Your National Observatory!) for a conjunction of Mercury and Venus in the early evening sky. Learn about the Solar System's "Inferior Planets" and observe them for yourself! Why is Mercury really, really hot and really, really cold at the same time? Why do you NOT want to be a snowbird that lives on sunny planet Venus during the cold winter months? And what exactly IS a conjunction anyway?

Also appearing tonight: Special Guest Planet JUPITER rising in the east!

This program is intended for beginners and families with children. Minimum age is 6 years old. A boxed dinner will be provided.

Our program begins in the late afternoon/early evening and will conclude about an hour after sunset. Guests should therefore be back in Tucson between 9:00-9:30 PM (much earlier than with our regular Night Observing Program).


The Kitt Peak Visitor Center


Sunday, November 13, 2011


2:30 PM-7:00 PM


$45 non-members
$40 seniors and active duty military
$25 children 6-16
FREE to Kitt Peak Members and citizens of the Tohono O'odham Nation

(A $20 per person deposit will be charged for cancellations within 48 hours of the program. If we cancel due to bad weather you will not be charged.)

Space is limited to just 20 people, so don't delay! – Call (520) 318-8726 to register.

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