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Mercury visible in night sky

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03/31/10

The solar system's most elusive planet will be easy to see for the next two weeks; astronomers say that Mercury and Venus will appear close together between now and April 10th.

You won't need a telescope to see it, just look towards one of the brightest lights in the night sky.

Chris Anderson, CSI Herrett Center says, "The really convenient thing is that there's this bright planet out there - Venus. Venus is just staggeringly bright. You just can't miss it. And the nice thing is it will serve as a guide to find Mercury, so once you find Venus, which is that brilliant blazing thing in the western sky, just look a little to the right of it, and that's Mercury."

They will appear closest together on the 3rd and 4th. Mercury is smallest planet in the solar system, and it looks pink.

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