Binocular Observing: Mars

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From H.G. Wells & David Bowie to Andy Weir & Elon Musk, humans have had an enduring fascination with our neighbouring red planet. Mars has captivated our imagination arguably more than any other planet in the Solar System, constantly surprising us with new revelations about its past – polar caps, magnetic fields, and evidence of liquid water. (more…)

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Binocular Observing: Mercury

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Mercury is the smallest planet in the Solar System, and the first planet from the Sun. Its tenuous atmosphere can’t trap the Sun’s heat, so days are fiery at over 400°C, and icy nights drop to nearly -200°C. If you were to stand on the line of shadow separating day and night, you would simultaneously burn and freeze to death.

From our perspective, Mercury is void of any interesting surface details.It’s a tough planet to spot with binoculars, but once you locate it, it’s quite unmistakable.

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