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Planetary conjunction

Planetary conjunction

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JOHN SANFORD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JOHN SANFORD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Planetary conjunction. Image 3 of 5. Planets in the evening sky just after sunset on the evening of 9th May 2002. At upper left is Jupiter. The brightest of the planets seen just above the horizon is Venus. Just above and left of Venus is Mars. Below and left of Venus is Saturn. Below and right of Venus, almost on the horizon, is Mercury. The bright star at far left is the red giant Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis) in the constellation Orion. For a sequence of the movements of these planets between 30th April and 14th May, see images R300/163-167.

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