"The Moon Meets The Iron Pink Planet!"

Scheduled air date: 1999 Nov 29-Dec 05

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Because it is the planet closest to our Sun, Mercury is rarely positioned for easy viewing from Earth.  This week, however, it can be seen in the southeast morning sky, together with the planet Venus and, at the end of the week, our own Moon.  And on the morning of the 5th, Mercury will appear almost directly beneath a very thin Crescent Moon!
(Shown about an hour before sunrise for mid-Northern latitudes.)

If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.

Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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