A glipse of Mercury above Rome – 28 Feb. 2019
Looking for the elusive planet Mercury is always a rewarding experience. Here it is the innermost planet at sunset, hanging above Rome, beside the St. Peter’s Basilica.
The last days of February and the first ones of March offer the opportunity to see Mercury at its best, soon after sunset. I managed to look for this planet, as I always try to observe it every time it is well placed in our sky.
To capture the planet, I decided to go almost to the same place from where I imaged the International Space Station the same morning, that is close to Castel Sant’Angelo. From there, I calculated I could see Mercury beside the St. Peter’s Basilica, with its celebrated Dome, with the Tiber river on the foreground.
As always, I used one of my Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR bodies with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens on my lighter tripod.
I must say I’m very happy with the resulting view: Mercury is well visible in the center, as the brightest object in the sky.
Looking forward to the show!
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