2018: March 3: Venus and Mercury, The Evening Show, Episode 3


Brilliant Venus and Mercury stand side-by-side during today’s evening twilight. Mercury is making its best appearance of the year. Venus is an Evening Star for nearly the rest of the year.

This evening they are about 1 degree apart. Mercury moves higher until it reaches its greatest separation from the sun and then dives back into the sun’s glare. Mercury passes about 4 degrees from the moon on March 18. The crescent moon joins the pair that evening.

The articles that follow provide details about the planets visible without optical assistance (binoculars or telescope):

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