Although Mercury is one of the five classical planets and thus one of the brightest “stars” in the sky, very few people have seen it. Fortunately, the Moon will be putting on a show in the early hours of Friday morning, when it passes very close by Mercury at about 5:00 AM. Set your alarm clock extra early, so that you’ll be able to stand outside in the twilight. Face east, towards where the Sun will soon be rising, and look for the Moon. It will be a very thin crescent, and low in the sky, so this part might take a few minutes. Once you have the Moon in your sights, scan the sky in the same neighbourhood and find the brightest star nearby (I find that it has a faint pink hue, but individual perceptions differ). You have now seen the planet Mercury! You’re welcome to break out the binoculars, or a telescope, to see what phase it is in (Venus and Mercury show phases exactly like the Moon), but please be very careful – the Sun will be rising soon, and you really don’t want to accidentally get it in your field of view!