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Mercury and Venus close in pre-dawn sky

Mercury and Venus will be close to one another in the early morning skies over the next few days.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 11:49am EDT

Tags: Greg Redfern, space place, mercury

A planetary trio will waltz in the western sky

If the skies remain clear for the next several days, be sure to take a peek in the western sky 30 to 45 minutes after sunset - you will be treated to a changing and beautiful sky show involving Venus, Jupiter and Mercury, the three brightest planents (in that order).

Saturday - 05/25/2013, 05:46pm EDT

Tags: Greg Redfern, space place, Jupiter, planets, mercury

May sky show

If the clouds clear for Mother's Day, be sure to take a peek in the western sky after sunset.

Saturday - 05/11/2013, 11:26pm EDT

Tags: Jupiter, moon, astronomy, Greg Redfern, Mother

Venus transit viewing options in the D.C. area

There are viewing parties in the D.C. area set up to watch Venus cross the face of the sun Tuesday.

Tuesday - 06/05/2012, 06:26pm EDT


U.Va. hosts viewing event for transit of venus

The planet Venus will pass in front of the sun for the last time in nearly 100 years, and the University of Virginia's astronomy officials are holding a gathering to view the event.

Monday - 06/04/2012, 03:18am EDT


Venus crosses the Sun in once-in-a-lifetime event

Venus last transited the Sun in 2004 and will not do so again until 2117, so it is literally a once- in-a-lifetime event.

Monday - 06/04/2012, 01:11am EDT

Tags: Greg Redfern, The Space Place,

Venus and Jupiter waltz toward one another this week

The wait is over as the two brightest planets in the sky, Venus and Jupiter, will waltz their way toward one another in the western sky this week. For months the two planetary luminaries have been edging closer and closer together with Venus being the lower and brighter of the two.

Sunday - 03/11/2012, 12:36pm EDT

Tags: The Space Place, Greg Redfern, Jupiter,