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Sunday, August 10, 2008

 

Dance of the planets (Part 2)

The western horizon at 6:20 pm ACST, as seen from Adelaide (actually Largs Bay beach).

The Planetary dance continues, Mercury has now joined the lineup, it's just below Venus in the picture ... behind a cloud.

Yeah, I know. But at least all 5 classic planets are now visible in the sky (if you have a low cloud free horizon that is).

Still, things set exciting over the next few days. Mercury will get higher in the sky and brighter, approaching Venus and Saturn. Venus and Saturn get closer, being closest on teh 13th and 14th, with Mercury just below them. Then of the 15th and 16th, Mercury and Saturn pass each other. Then finally Venus and Mercury catch up with each other.

So keep an eye on the early evening sky, there will be lots to see (if the weather doesn't mess us up that is).

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