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Thursday, April 01, 2010


Venus and Mercury meet in the twilight

Western horizon half an hour after sunset on Saturday April 3.

Over the next few days Venus and Mercury will be close together. However, from the Southern Hemisphere, the pairing will be very close to the horizon at civil twilight (half an hour after local sunset, 6:30 pm here in Adelaide).

To see the pairing over Easter, you will need a flat, unobstructed horizon (like the ocean or the desert). Even then, Mercury will be low in the murk of the horizon, so you may need binoculars to pick it up down in the glow. Venus should be very easy to see though.

PS Southern Skywatch will be up tomorrow night, I spent the night helping MiddleOne paint his jet.

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