On 2002-01-11 10:58, GrapesOfWrath wrote:
Get out there tonight! Mercury is easily visible after sundown, at -0.6 mag., in the WSW, about 6pm, depending on where you're at. It'll still be 11 degrees up in the sky when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon, so no problem. You can't miss it--all the other bright objects in that direction, Mars, Formalhaut, Altair, will be almost a couple magnitudes dimmer.
When you view Mercury, use binoculars. There's a fifth mag. star 3 degrees down to the right. Just beside it, 12 seconds to the left, will be Neptune at magnitude 8. There's a fifth mag. star 12 degrees up on the other side of Mercury, and Uranus is just 30 seconds to the left, about mag. 6.
You can easily bag all three tonight.