Catch Mercury in the early evening sky

Camera Obscura closure

The Camera Obscura will be closed from 21 May until 25 May. The rest of the Royal Observatory and Meridian Line remain open.

Pleiades, Moon and Mercury

Originally uploaded by eat your greens

Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, makes a rare appearance in the early evening sky at the moment. If you look just north of west, at about 9pm, you should see Mercury as a bright point of light above the setting sun. This photo shows , captured in conjunction with the new crescent and , above Canary Wharf on Sunday evening.