I’ve tried a few times, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mercury for myself, with or without a telescope. Now Yahoo! News has picked up a column by Space.com astronomer Joe Rao that beautifully describes how Northern Hemisphere observers might be able to spot our swift neighbor if the view is unobstructed and the atmosphere cooperates.
Tomorrow through May 22, with best naked-eye viewing around April 30-May 6, look low in the west-northwest sky at dusk. Rao says that tomorrow, Mercury should become visible about 30 minutes after sunset. He gives excellent viewing instructions in the article I mentioned above.
I wonder where I can get a good look at the west-northwest sky this week?