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A trio of evening planets

June 2013: Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter line up in evening twilight.
RELATED TOPICS: OBSERVING | MERCURY | VENUS | JUPITER
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A pretty vista awaits viewers in early June when Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter line up in evening twilight. Although Jupiter and later Mercury become lost in the Sun’s glow as the month progresses, Venus climbs higher and becomes more conspicuous. Once darkness falls, Saturn dominates the planetary scene from its perch high in the south. The early summer morning sky features Uranus and Neptune, which show up with optical aid.

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