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Thursday, January 22, 2015

 

Mercury, Venus and the Crescent Moon, Thursday January 22, 2015

Evening sky on Thursday January 22 looking west as seen from Adelaide at 21:00 (9:00 pm) ACDST in South Australia.  Mars is low in the twilight, with Venus and the Moon close together below. Mercury is deep in the twilight. Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (click to embiggen).

Just a reminder that  on the 22nd Venus, the thin crescent Moon and Mercury form a triangle low in the twilight.

While Venus is bright you will still need a reasonably flat, clear horizon to see all three objects, although you may need binoculars to see Mercury. Venus provides a helpful signpost to finding Mercury which is below and to the left of Venus.

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