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Mercury makes its move into the evening sky

22 Feb 2012, 19:11 UTC
Mercury makes its move into the evening sky
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Move over Jupiter. Move over Venus. It may be the smallest planet, but Mercury is on its way up into the evening sky. Beginning tonight – and with the help of a very young crescent moon – observers with clear … Continue reading →

Three planets and a crescent moon will light up the western sky shortly after sunset this evening (Feb. 22). Created with Stellarium
Move over Jupiter. Move over Venus. It may be the smallest planet, but Mercury is on its way up into the evening sky. Beginning tonight – and with the help of a very young crescent moon – observers with clear skies and a wide open western horizon can seek the innermost planet alongside the 1-day-old moon. As always, take your binoculars to help in case the sky is less than ideal.
The duo will be well below the Venus-Jupiter line just five degrees or three fingers held together at arm’s length above the west-southwest horizon. The best time to look is starting about 20 minutes after sunset. Don’t wait too long or they’ll set before you get the chance to see them.
As we move into late February and early March, the moon will ...

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