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October 24th, 2015
If you’ve been getting up early these past few weeks you’ll have noticed Venus, Mars and Jupiter drawing closer together in the pre-dawn sky. These three planets have been performing a dance for the past month and will continue to do so until early December.
The gap between Venus and Jupiter is closing and the pair will be at their closest in just a few short days. In the meantime, if you have a clear view of the eastern horizon, take a few minutes to look for faint Mercury. It’s still visible to those in the northern hemisphere, giving observers a rare opportunity to see four naked eye planets in the pre-dawn sky.
(The only bright planet missing is Saturn, which is currently on the wrong side of the Sun to be seen with its siblings.)
Adapted from 2015: An Astronomical Year, available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. Sky simulations created using the Mobile Observatory app for Android devices.
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