A Hot Planet And An Old Moon Chase The Horizon At Dawn

Mercury pops in and out view for only a few weeks at a time before disappearing in the solar glare. Its appearances are brief compared to the other planets because it orbits close to the sun. From mid-northern latitudes the fleet planet is always caught up in the glow of dusk or dawn and never…
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Aldebaran Sails On / Crescent Moon Eyes Mercury And Venus Next

Mostly clear skies this morning made for a wonderful last occultation of Aldebaran till 2033. I stood along the shore of Lake Superior in Duluth and contemplated for a moment what that year might look like should I be fortunate enough to live so long. When the image of a man steadying himself with a…
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Mercury Sneaks Beneath Venus As July Opens

When we weren’t looking, Mercury got its foot in the door. Venus has captured our attention these months, shining like a candle in the west at dusk.  But if you now look about 15° or a fist-and-a-half below and right of the brilliant planet you’ll see another fainter “star.” That’s Mercury. Although it musters a…
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Exquisite Moon-Venus-Mercury Conjunction Sunday Night

I feel like the chamber of commerce for the current apparition of Venus and Mercury. I can’t help it. Usually, you’ll see one or the other at dusk or dawn, but the two have been paired up low in the western sky for more than week. For anyone who’s never seen Mercury, this will be…
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All Day And All Of The Night — The Sky From Sunset To Sunrise

In 1964 the Kinks released the hit song All Day and All of the Night, a title I’m flagrantly appropriating because there’s good stuff to see in the sky this month from start to finish. Still a great tune, BTW. First, you can’t pass up Venus and Mercury together in the western sky at dusk.…
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