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Moon, Venus and Mercury Meet in Night Sky Monday


Looking low toward the west-northwest horizon, you’ll first notice the skinny lunar crescent, just 5 percent illuminated and just a little more than two days past new phase.

Next, look about 9 degrees to the right of the crescent and you’ll pick out the brighter of the two planets, Venus. Nine degrees is a rather wide gap and is nearly equivalent to the width of your fist held out at arm’s length.

Look roughly midway between the moon and Venus for Mercury, the innermost planet to the sun.

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