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Mercury's twilight romp

February 2013: The solar system's two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, put on nice displays during February. Mercury and Mars add to the evening scene during twilight.
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The solar system’s two largest planets put on nice displays during February: Jupiter remains a stunning sight after sunset while Saturn appears equally grand before dawn. Mercury, the elusive Sun-hugging planet, and ruddy Mars add to the evening scene during twilight. And distant Uranus becomes an easy binocular target when it passes a similarly bright star late this month.

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