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Volume 23 -- Issue 9
Planet Watch -- September 2017
Dance of the Planets This Month
Mercury is visible over the easern horizon before sunrise for most of the month.
Venus is visible over the eastern horizon before sunrise for the entire month. Can't miss it! But it is steadily moving east toward the Sun, rising
closer to the time of sunrise.
Mars rises a couple of hours before the Sun rises and each day rises a little earlier than the Sun.
Jupiter is over the southwestern horizon at sunset local time and remains very visible near the bluish-white star Spica
but Jupiter is gradually closing in on the Sun, or rather the faster apparent motion of the Sun to the east means the Sun is catching up with Jupiter.
Saturn is over the southwestern horizon at sunset local time and is about 10o east from the reddish star Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion.
Dwarf Planet Ceres rises several hours before the Sun and is within 5-6o from Pollux, one of the Gemini Twins stars.