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Mercury, Venus and Saturn – The Three Amigos

Mercury, Venus and Saturn – The Three Amigos

The winter mornings produce some fantastic skies and is an ideal time to see 3 of the planets of the solar system with the naked eye.

In a southeast direction between 7 and 8 is an ideal time to get a great view of Mercury, Venus and Saturn in the sky.

Venus is by far the brightest object in the morning sky pre-sunrise (apart from the moon) so should be easily identified, if you place your hand at arms length with the tip of your thumb resting just below Venus you should be able to see Saturn close to the tip of you baby finger and likewise if you move your hand so Venus is now at the tip of your baby finger Mercury would be very close to the tip of your thumb.

It is interesting to see three planets like this at once as it gives you a great sense of the orbital plane of the planets around the Sun.

 

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