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SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!!!!!! PLANETARY TRIO AT SUNSET

8 Jan 2021, 15:57 UTC
SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!!!!!!  PLANETARY TRIO AT SUNSET
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Hey Space Placers!If you enjoyed the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn last month, the two gas giants are still fairly close in the southwest (SW) sky after sunset.If you look in the SW today, 1/8/21, shortly after sunset, the two are being joined by the elusive to see planet Mercury.Mercury will be getting higher in the sky the next few days and will form a cosmic triangle - known as a planetary trio - with Jupiter and Saturn. They will be grouped closest together on 1/10/21.Start looking about a half hour after sunset. The trio will be low in the sky and your best chance to see them will be to find a viewing site that has a clear view of the SW. Binoculars will help immensely in your search and enhance your viewing.Jupiter will be brightest with Mercury next, and then Saturn. Mercury will continue to rise higher in the sky in January and the young Waxing Crescent Moon will join the view in the SW on the 14th as a very thin crescent. Finding the planetary trio will not be as easy as the Great Conjunction was due to the glow of sunset and their lower positioning ...

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