The Solar System

The Inner Solar System

Is it easy to see Mercury from Earth?

Mercury is one of the five planets other than Earth visible to the unaided eye. On the other hand, since Mercury is so close to the Sun, the glare of the Sun makes it difficult to observe Mercury from Earth. Mercury is therefore visible only periodically, when it is just above the horizon, for at most an hour or so before sunrise and after sunset. It also moves more quickly across the sky than the other planets. Even when Mercury is visible, the sky is often so bright that it is hard to distinguish it from the background sky.


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