|Venus and Mercury (top center) over Mansfield Connecticut, March 6, 2018.|
|Venus and Mercury peaking out between layers of clouds.|
I've now seen Mercury a couple of times, including the night before last week's snow storm, when the clouds were just barely moving in enough to create some interesting scenes, but mostly didn't block the planets. That evening I also glimpsed a really good shooting star, which lasted for a solid second or two. The planets are visible around half an hour to an hour after sunset, near the western horizon, with Venus being to the bright white one and Mercury being the dimmer (but still surprisingly bright), reddish one up and to the right of Venus. Last week they were quite close to each other, but they were further apart when I checked the other night, separated by the width of several fingers held at arm's length.
|Maple sugaring, Mansfield Center, early March.|
|Maple syrup from early February (left) and the February heat wave (right).|