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A rare sighting of Mercury

I saw the planet Mercury for only the second time on Sunday evening. It’s a tricky planet to spot as it stays so close to the Sun on our sky and is only seen just after sunset or sunrise.

For the next week or so the brilliant “star” that is the planet Venus points the way. Venus can been seen low in the west just after sunset. At around 8.30pm or after you should be able to spot fainter Mercury to the right of Venus. A clear gap in the clouds is the main problem to seeing it.

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