Mars-Mercury Conjunction - August 18, 2021

This August is indeed full of interesting astronomical events. This week, we have another very interesting conjunction coming up this coming wednesday night, August 18, 2021. And the best part about it is you can view it with your naked eye.

The planets, Mars and Mercury, will be really close to one another on this day. The best time to observe this event would be a few hours after sunset. It is expected that these two planets will be as close as 0.1°.

As mentioned earlier, you wouldn’t need any other equipment to observe the conjunction. Both Mars and Mercury are visible to the naked eye. Look towards the West and you should be able to see it.

But, if you happen to find a pair of binoculars or a telescope, the experience will be much better.

Here’s how the conjunction would look like on SkyWatcher Black Diamond ED80 Refractor and 20mm eyepiece:

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We wish you clear skies on your observation nights! Feel free to tag us on twitter on your experiences in this event!

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