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Jupiter, Mercury, Mars conjunction

Conjunction, December 10, 2006. This photograph shows a tight conjunction of three planets, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars, about an hour before sunrise. Jupiter is the lower of the two bright sky objects. Mercury appears above it, and Mars is just visible to the right of this pair, making an isosceles triangle with them. All three planets were within one degree of each other — about the diameter of a dime held at arm's length. This was the closest conjunction of three planets seen in over 70 years. The star Beta Scorpii was also visible at the time, just above Mercury.

This photograph was featured on the SkyNews Magazine website.

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