100 Days Until Totality! 92 Days Left – The “Night” Sky

Credit: Stellarium

During the eclipse, the Sun and Moon won’t be the only celestial bodies we can observe. With the Sun temporarily covered during totality, it will become dark enough for us to see stars and other bodies that the Sun would usually outshine. Below is an image captured from a desktop program Stellarium, showing what the area around the Sun will look like if you are facing south east and looking up. During this particular eclipse, we will be able to see Mercury, Venus, and Mars close to the sun. Mars and Venus will be easy to spot, as Venus is very bright due to light reflecting off of its thick atmosphere. Mars is also easy to spot because of its proximity to us, and it is noticeably red to the naked eye. Mercury will be harder to see as it is much smaller and dimmer than Venus and Mars. Mercury will be the small circle that does not appear to twinkle south east of the Sun in the sky. Mercury is so close to the Sun that it is usually difficult to observe with the naked eye. Daytime temperatures on Mercury can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit! As long as there aren’t any mountains in the way, you might be able to see Jupiter. It will be close to the horizon in the eastern sky. The Sun itself will be near the constellation Leo in the sky, which is why people born in August are considered Leos.

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