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Three Planets in Dawn Skies

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Three Planets in Dawn Skies


Explanation:

Three children of the Sun rise in
the east in this peaceful dawn skyview recorded
December 7th near Bolu, Turkey.

Inner planet Mercury,
fresh from its second transit of the 21st
century, stands highest in the bright sky at the top right.

Gas giant Jupiter lies below the cloud bank near picture center.

A newsworthy Mars is also visible,
right of Jupiter and just above the dark cloud bank.

On Sunday, these planets will form a much
tighter grouping
before
sunrise
, while in the coming days the western sky after sunset
will be ruled by brilliant
planet Venus, also
known as the evening star.




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