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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Mercury And Venus Have A Crazy-Cool Conjunction, Remain Close Compadres

Mercury puts in its best evening appearance of the year this month. And it does it in great company, right next to the planet Venus. The two will be just 1° apart this evening and remain within 5° of each other through March 22. In the coming days, Mercury will slide up to the right…
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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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