Venus, meet Mercury: Oddities of a fabulous conjunction

The planets Venus and Mercury will be truly noteworthy the next ten days. They’ll do a photobomb.

Venus had a crummy 2014, but now returns with a vengeance. Look low in the west at 5:15 p.m. You need a really unobstructed view, like from all the Kingston malls’ parking lots. Between 5:15 and 5:30 you’ll see two stars down low. The brighter is Venus, on the left. The other is Mercury. From now through the 15th, they’ll hover strikingly close to each other.

They’re the only planets with no moons; the only . . .


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