The crescent moon will serve as a signpost on Friday evening (April 8), helping skywatchers spot Mercury.
In his new book "Abandon in Place," photographer Roland Miller takes readers on a visually stunning, emotionally charged tour of various abandoned facilities connected to NASA's space program.
Before its planned crash into Mercury last year, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft gave scientists a parting gift.
Skywatchers, get set. All five naked-eye planets — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter — are appearing together in the pre-dawn sky for the first time in a decade.
The new year kicked off with just a single bright planet visible in the early evening, but five of them will be visible simultaneously by the end of January.
Mercury is typically difficult to spot from Earth, but on Dec. 28, the innermost planet will be visible to skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere. Here's how you can spot it.
Mercury can experience meteor showers as Comet Encke periodically peppers the planet's tenuous atmosphere with dust, new research suggests.
Venus has been dominating the morning sky for the past two months, and Monday (Oct. 26), it will form a vivid tableau with Jupiter and Mars as it reaches its farthest point from the sun.
Here's a guide for October skywatchers: First catch Saturn, then Jupiter, Mars and Venus, and finally Mercury in the night sky as this month's planetary parade begins.
Mercury is a very challenging planet to view, but this week, skywatchers have a good chance to see it, especially in the Southern Hemisphere.
Eye-popping Venus, low-riding Mercury and stealthy Saturn will all make appearances among the bright objects in September's night sky, and this day-by-day description shows how to find them.
July offers opportunities to see Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury overhead. Here's how, and when, to spot them.
Mercury is a difficult object to spot, because it's always clinging closely to the sun’s apron strings. So you might be excused for missing its brief appearance this week in the dawn skies.
The area of our solar system where Mercury resides may once have held as many as four rocky planets. Violent collisions could have left it as the last survivor.
A baffling new mystery has turned up on Mercury — a pattern of giant cliffs and ridges on the planet's surface that defies any explanation that scientists have currently been able to offer.