On Tuesday, June 28th, the setting Sun flooded the horizon with
a beautiful warm light in
this view from
the beach beside the pier at Brighton in Adelaide,
The Sun also illuminated three planets gathered in the
Mercury, Venus, and Saturn.
From this perspective
Mercury is at the
highest point in the celestial triangle, brilliant
is just below, and Saturn
stands farther to the left and below the
Of course, the planets only appear close together on the sky
but are actually quite far apart in space.
of Mercury and Venus are both interior to
Earth's orbit, while gas giant
Saturn lies in the outer
solar system, over nine
from the Sun.
Late next week,
Venus and Mercury will share western
skies with the young