Saturday will be the best time to watch Mercury over Qatar sky

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The nearest planet of the Sun "Mercury" will reach the highest point over western horizon of Qatar evening sky on Saturday, October 19, 2019; where it will be at the greatest elongation with the sun, moreover, Mercury will be at furthest angular distance with the Sun as observed from Earth during the greatest elongation time; where the angle between Mercury's center and Sun's center will be 24.6 degrees, so it will stay for longest duration over western horizon on Qatar sky. Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced.

Astronomer expert at (QCH) Dr. Beshir Marzouk said, this phenomenon is very important because it will be the best time to watch and observe Mercury over western horizon of Qatar sky, because it will reach the highest point above western horizon on this day, added it's difficult to observe or watch Mercury always for a long time after sunset time because Mercury's orbit is very close to the Sun. Moreover, after the greatest elongation time, the angular distance between Mercury and the Sun will decrease every day.

Residents of Qatar and Arabic area countries will have a good chance to observe Mercury over the western horizon in the evening sky after sunset time on Saturday. Furthermore, Qatar residents can see and observe Mercury over the western horizon from places without light and environment pollutions for 1 hour and 10 minutes from Sunset time till the time set on Mercury; where the sunset time on Saturday will be at 5:04 Pm, while the time set of Mercury will be at 6:14 Pm Doha local time. Dr. Beshir Marzouk added.

For more information, Mercury was arrived the greatest elongation with Sun over the western horizon last time on Sunday, June 23, 2019, while it will become at the greatest elongation with Sun over the western horizon again on Monday, February 10, 2020.

 

As known, the elongation is the angle between the planet and the Sun as seen from Earth, the planet arrives the furthest distance from the Sun when it's at greatest elongation (east or west).

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