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Best photos: This weekend’s planets before dawn

Venus is the brightest one up before dawn, but Mars and Jupiter were closer on Saturday than they will be again until 2018. Plus many people caught Mercury!

Planets before dawn on Saturday morning, October 17, 2015 by Greg Hogan in Kathleen, Georgia.

Planets before dawn on Saturday morning, October 17, 2015 by Greg Hogan in Kathleen, Georgia.

Greg Hogan also zoomed in to catch Jupiter's moon, with Mars nearby, on Saturday morning.

Greg Hogan also zoomed in to catch Jupiter’s moon, with Mars nearby, on Saturday morning.

Martin Marthadinata in Indonesia saw the planets like this on Saturday morning, October 17.

Martin Marthadinata in Indonesia saw the planets like this on Saturday morning, October 17.

The morning planets can be seen from around the world.  Here's a photo of Saturday morning's sky from Bashar Alaeddin in Amman, Jordan.

The morning planets can be seen from around the world. Here’s a photo of Saturday morning’s sky from Bashar Alaeddin in Amman, Jordan. Notice the meteor!

Scott MacNeil caught the planets on October 17 from Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island.  Notice the reddish color of Mars.  To the eye, in a dark sky, the red color of Mars can be seen clearly.

Scott MacNeil caught the planets on October 17 from Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Notice the reddish color of Mars. To the eye, in a dark sky, the red color of Mars can be seen clearly.

This photo is from Randy Baranczyk in St. Paul, Minnesota.

This photo is from Randy Baranczyk in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jack Webb in Wapiti, Wyoming caught the planets Saturday morning, too.

Jack Webb in Wapiti, Wyoming caught the planets Saturday morning, too.

Deborah Byrd

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