Its brilliance is largely due to the high reflectivity albedo of its clouds, which perpetually obscure the view of the planet's extremely hot surface. Apparent Magnitude:. It is the brightest planet in the night sky; when visible, it outshines all the other planets - and indeed all the other stars in the night sky - at which time only the Sun and the Moon are brighter. The constellation in which Mercury is located is rarely visible because of twilight, however it can be used as an aid in determining the direction in which to look for the planet times of local sunrise, sunset and twilight can be obtained from TimeandDate. Can you see the atmosphere with you eyes or only through photos?
I was there picking in an order Sunday the 23rd. In Galileo's time, the 'Ptolemaic' system - which put the Earth at the centre of the Solar System - was the widely held view. May 14 is perhaps the best night to get a picture of Saturn, if you've got a telescope to hand. The angular resolution of the eye is somewhere between 1 and 4 arcminutes.