Maximum Mercury, and the Old Moon’s Tour of Pre-Dawn Planets gives us Dark Night Delights!

(On Tuesday evening, Mercury will swing widest from the sun, allowing it to remain visible in the darkening sky after sunset. The best times to look for the planet fall between about 6:15 and 7:15 pm local time. After Tuesday, Mercury will slowly descend towards the sun.)
(As shown here at 7 pm local time on Tuesday, early evening this week offers the chance to find three planets — Mercury and Mars will be easy, while Uranus will require binoculars and star chart.)
(This image of the Pleiades Cluster, or Messier 45, was taken by Stuart Norman of Toronto on October 19, 2017 from the Blue Mountains, Ontario. This large object, three times the moon’s diameter, is best viewed in binoculars or a telescope at low magnification. The blue nebulosity is foreground dust scattering the bright starlight.)
(Zodiacal light. Image Credit:ESO (Yuri Beletsky))

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