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Three planets and a crescent moon will light up the western sky shortly after sunset this evening (Feb. 22). Created with Stellarium

Mercury makes its move into the evening sky

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Move over Jupiter. Move over Venus. It may be the smallest planet, but Mercury is on its way up into the evening sky. Beginning tonight - and with the help of a very young crescent moon - observers with clear skies and a wide open western horizon can seek the innermost planet alongside the 1-day-old moon. As always, take your binoculars to help in case the sky is less than ideal.

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