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Stargate september seventeen the crescent moon starts the week as the centerpiece of the beautiful morning lineup tomorrow it's flanked by four pinpoints of light to above and to the lou the ones below it are a bit tough to find that the ones above should be easy targets the brightest of the moon's companions is venus the death ling morningstar it rises a few hours before the sun so it's in good view by dawn's early light although it looks like a star venuste is really a planet our closest planetary neighbor thanks to the combination of its distance and our viewing angle it's at its faintest it's only half as bright as it is at its peak it won't start brightening until the end of this year the truce jr regula stands below venus it's only about one percent as brightest penis but it's one of the night skies leading lights so you won't have any trouble finding is things get tricky when you look below the moon the planet mercury is to the lower left of the moon as twilight begins to paint the sky and it's pretty bright only the moon and venus outshine it but it so low in the sky and so immersed in the waxing twilight that you need a clear horizon to pick it out and mercury has a close companion that is especially hard to find mars is only about a tenth as bright as mercury so it's a tough target but it lines up between mercury and the moon which can help you find it the faintest member of a beautiful morning lineup and we have more sky watching tips and much more about the cosmos in started magazine subscription information at started dot org for the macdonald observatory i'm.

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