The November 26, 2012 conjunction of Saturn and Venus was beautiful from around the world. Many saw Mercury, too, edging up into the eastern predawn sky from near the horizon. These wonderful photos come from EarthSky Facebook friends. The first four are from Mohamed Laaifat in Normandy, France. Thank you, Mohamed, for sharing them!
As the line of sunrise moved westward this morning, in the predawn hours for U.S. observers, Saturn, Venus and Mercury were just as beautiful. These next few photos are also from EarthSky Facebook friends. You can see more photos by visiting our page! Click on Recent Posts by Others.
In the coming days, Mercury will be moving up toward the other two planets. Saturn will be visible above Venus. By December 3, 2012, the three planets will be nearly equidistant from each other in the predawn sky. That will be a very cool sight to see!
Bottom line: Photos of the three planets visible before dawn on November 26, 2012: Mercury, Saturn and Venus. Saturn and Venus appeared close on November 26, but you’ll be able to see all three planets for several more weeks.
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