Mercury & Painted Ladies
The Planet Mercury appears as a somewhat conspicuous "star" in the west at dusk on Saturday, April 3, but nowhere near as bright as Venus, which lies only three degrees to Mercury's left. For the next week or so, Mercury will be enjoying its best evening-sky apparition of the year.
Painted Lady Butterflies may be on the wing across San Diego County this month on what could be a significant migration from the Anza-Borrego Desert and northern Baja California toward the coast. Chances are you will see them winging west or northwest, toward greener, more succulent vegetation and away from the drying desert flora.
More like this:
- The Coastal Wildflower Bloom, Blue-Blossoming Jacaranda Trees, and Painted Lady Butterflies — April 11, 2009
- The Fabled Green Flash, Liquidambar Trees, and Jupiter-Mercury-Venus and the Moon in the Southwestern Sky — Dec. 23, 2008
- Summer Thundershowers, Chaparral, Venus, Mars, Mercury, and the Waxing Moon — Sept. 3, 2008
- Warm Weather, Ocean Temps, Brilliant Venus, and a Full Moon — Aug. 13, 2008
- Thunderheads, Sandpipers, Naked-Eye Planets, and the Perseid Meteor Shower — Aug. 6, 2008