Dhiraj Telaiya, India 67 Questions 151 Answers 31 Best Answers 18 Points View Profile 6 Dhiraj Asked: March 22, 20212021-03-22T19:05:00+05:30 2021-03-22T19:05:00+05:30In: Science Is Mercury in retrograde? What Is “Mercury Retrograde”? 6 Is Mercury in retrograde? What Is “Mercury Retrograde”? mercury retrograde Share Facebook 1 Answer Voted Oldest Recent Dhiraj Telaiya, India 67 Questions 151 Answers 31 Best Answers 18 Points View Profile Best Answer Dhiraj 2021-03-23T04:52:41+05:30Added an answer on March 23, 2021 at 4:52 am What Is “Mercury Retrograde”? Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary. What Is Retrograde Motion? The astronomical explanation for retrograde motion starts with understanding that the planets in our solar system orbit the Sun at different distances and speeds. While we orbit the Sun ourselves, we can observe the other planets moving across our sky, following their own paths. Sometimes, it can appear (from our perspective) that a planet has abruptly switched directions and has started to move in reverse across the sky. This is, of course, an illusion caused by the position of Earth in relation to that of the planet, since a planet in orbit always travels in one set direction and can’t suddenly reverse course. This is why we call the phenomenon apparent retrograde motion, as it only looks like the planet is moving backward (“retrograde motion”)! So, clearly Mercury is not actually in retrograde motion, it appears to be in retrograde motion. When Is Mercury in Retrograde in 2021? In 2021, Mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the folowing ranges of dates: January 30 to February 20 May 29 to June 22 September 27 to October 17 Please note that dates reflect Eastern Time U.S., not Universal Time. 5 Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Cancel the best answer You must login to add an answer. Username or email* Password* Remember Me! Forgot Password?