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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

 

The Crescent Moon near Mercury and Mars (17-18 October, 2012)

Western evening sky at 8:30 pm ACDST 17 October as seen from Adelaide. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at equivalent local time (click to embiggen).Western evening sky at 8:30 pm ACDST 18 October as seen from Adelaide. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at equivalent local time.

The next few nights are an excellent time to view fleet Mercury, especially on the 17th (Wednesday night) when the crescent Moon is close to Mercury. Once you know where Mercury is keeping an eye on it over the coming nights as it heads towards the Scorpion is a breeze.

On the 18th, The crescent Moon is close to Mars, as it heads for its doppelgänger Antares.

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