Saturn Mercury Duet At Dawn

I thought we were done with the planets after the crescent moon stopped by on Thursday next to Jupiter and Saturn at dawn. Not on your life. Two more vie for our attention lower down in the dawn sky: bright Mercury and returning Saturn. They’ll really get close too — less than 1° (⅘° to…
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Mercury Joins Jupiter And Mars At Dawn

First there were two and now there are three. While the evening sky’s depopulated of bright planets, the morning’s full of ’em. Alongside Jupiter and Mars, Mercury recently joined the scene shortly after its Dec. 13 conjunction with the sun. Though not terribly high, Mercury’s attainable so long as you have a clear view to…
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A Beguiling Crescent-Planet Rendezvous / My New Book

Will we ever get bored of looking at crescent moons? No way. There can never be too many. Lots of times, crescents meet planets and booya, we get a pretty pairing called a conjunction. That happens tonight when the 2-day-old moon joins Saturn and Mercury low in the southwestern sky at dusk. The moon will…
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Conjunction Madness At Dawn: Mercury, Regulus And Mars

I can’t believe Mars is back at dawn already. It’s not easy to see just yet, but it’s in great company with Mercury and Leo’s brightest star, Regulus about an hour to 45 minutes before sunrise low in the eastern sky. All three objects, along with Venus and the dawn crescent moon, are or will…
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Hook Mercury With The Crescent Moon Tonight

Thank goodness for the moon otherwise few of us would find the planet Mercury tonight. The planet may hang low like the proverbial low hanging fruit, but that doesn’t work nearly as well in astronomy as it does with your apple tree. Haze, twilight and light pollution compromise any astronomical object near the horizon. Mercury will…
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