Before sunrise catch the two planets inside Earth’s orbit, Mercury and Venus, the eastern sky.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
Brilliant Venus and Mercury shine this morning from the eastern sky about an hour before sunrise. These two worlds are part of the morning planet parade that is now breaking up. Mercury, in the east-northeast, and Jupiter, low in the southwest, are near the horizon. Venus, Mars, and Saturn are scattered between the other two naked-eye planets.
This morning Venus and Mercury are 24° apart. As the images above indicate, locate a clear horizon to find this elusive planet.