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Mountain Skies: Mars And Mercury Flip-Flop In The Evening Sky

 

Last updated 6/17/2019 at 3:32pm

The Planets

Mars has been slowly sinking into the evening twilight since late last year. Late last month, it was joined by Mercury, which came out from behind the sun and can now be spotted higher in the evening twilight each night. Tonight, Mercury will pass Mars and remain above the red planet until July 2. Mercury reaches it greatest elongation from the sun on June 23, after which it begins its inevitable dive back into the sunset. On the evening of July 4, the waxing crescent moon joins this pair; look for it above these two planets as you await the start of fireworks.

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