A couple of our Solar System's inner planets dazzle together high above at dusk. Have you noticed two bright objects in the western sky just after sunset? They’re the planets Venus and Mercury. The particularly bright one is Venus, sitting more than 146 million miles from Earth. The smaller one to the right is Mercury, which right now sits more than 93 million miles from Earth. Mercury is currently closer to Earth than Venus because of their position as they orbit the sun. The pair were actually closest on Jan. 10 and are now slowly moving apart as Mercury moves in retrograde... Pic taken from around San Jose, CA. (Tuesday early evening, January 13, 2015; 5:52 p.m.)
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