Keeping an Eye on Mercury
Look outside after sunset. Face west and see if you can catch a glimpse of cute and quick Mercury! It will be low in the sky with a beautiful crescent Moon above it. On May 9, Mercury will pass directly in front of the Sun, called a transit. In Hawaii, the transit will be in progress at SUNRISE.
Such a quick moving planet, the ancient people depicted Mercury as the messenger god with winged shoes and a winged helmet!
Also, tonight’s Moon will display “Earth Shine”……the dimly lit part of the Moon revealing the entire orb. This is caused by sunshine bouncing off Earth onto the Moon.
A beautiful sight! Go see it tonight!