Take a sky tour to help you locate Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn in the night sky this week. Also I have a solar system view that explains why Mercury appears to move westward when retrograde. I explain that the inferior conjunction of Mercury and Sun occurs at the midpoint of the retrograde period and the midpoint between the greatest eastern and western elongations. The greatest elongations are as far as Mercury can be from the Sun. The maximum greatest elongation Mercury can have is 28 degrees. This doesn’t mean he always gets to 28 degrees from the Sun at these times. For instance, Mercury’s greatest eastern elongation on November 14th was 22.74 degrees which is an orb of about 22:45 between the Sun & Mercury.
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