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Star Tours

September 21, 2000

The elusive planet Mercury appears near Venus this week, and you can see both during early evening twilight. Venus is brilliant and low in the west. Look for Mercury 5 degrees to the lower right of Venus and only 4 degrees above the horizon at 7:20 p.m. Mercury is one-thirtieth as bright as Venus, so use binoculars. The fainter star between them is Spica, in Virgo.

Source: John Mosley, Griffith Observatory

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