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Mountain Skies Mars And Venus Pass In The Night

 

Last updated 7/5/2021 at 10:28am



The Planets

With the exception of tiny Mercury in the morning twilight, this month the visible planets present themselves in two pairs. First, as the sun sets in the west, we can find the terrestrial planets, Venus and Mars, following our star down. Since April when Venus came out from behind the sun, their separation has been shrinking primarily due to two things. First, as Mars circles the sun, it appears a little farther to the east in front of the stars each night. However, as the red planet moves eastward, the constellations themselves are sinking into the western twilight more s...



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