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2017, September 15: Venus, Mercury, and Mars

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Venus, Mercury and Mars appear in the predawn skies this morning.  Brilliant Venus continues to dominate eastern sky before sunrise.  The star Regulus appears about 5.5 degrees to the lower left of Venus.  Elusive Mercury appears low in the sky.  The image above demonstrates the need for a clear horizon when looking for Mercury.  Mars, currently dim, appears about 1 degree to the lower left of Mercury.  Click the image to see Mars.  The Red Planet is slowly emerging from the sun’s glare.  Venus and Mars are in conjunction on October 5.

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