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Saturn near thin Crescent Moon

November 20, 2017; 3:50 PM


Take a look just after sunset to see Saturn near the new crescent Moon. The New Moon was just this past weekend. Tonight's moon will be very thin, just 5 percent illuminated. It will appear as a thin fingernail. Don't wait too long to look. The moon and Saturn will set before 7 p.m.

For an added bonus, look just above the horizon for Mercury. Mercury sets even earlier, just an hour after sunset. You will need a clear view to the west to see Mercury.

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Mercury is an elusive planet. I will be honest, I have never been able to see it. You need a clear view of the horizon. Much of the time Mercury is visible, it is still twilight; this makes it hard to spot.

Hopefully this is the week! Mercury reaches it's greatest eastern elongation on Thanksgiving Day. This means it will be as far from the sun as it gets (as we see it on Earth) for the next few months.

Have a great Thanksgiving holiday week! Enjoy your time outside! Not too many things are free anymore; however, looking at the night sky is still one of those things. Thanks for reading! Just look up, you never know what you will see.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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