Mercury at Kiltepan Peak, Sagada

Image of the eastern sky a few minutes before sunrise on March 1, 2015. Mercury is the bright object closest to the horizon on the lower right part of the image. Photo taken using a Canon 450D DSLR with 18-55 mm lens set at 18 mm, f/3.5, ISO 1600, 10 sec exposure, from Kiltepan Peak in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

Mercury is a relatively bright planet easily visible to the naked eye, but because of its close proximity to the Sun, it is often lost in the Sun’s glare. During sunrise and sunset, however, the region close to the Sun may be thoroughly searched without the blinding glare, making the task of finding the planet much easier. Mercury is the bright object closest to the horizon on the lower right part of the image. For more photos of planets, click here.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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