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A pair of summer eclipses

August 2008: This month, a solar and lunar eclipse will delight observers.
Four planets gather in the twilit summer evening sky: Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Saturn. Because every planet moves at a different speed and rhythm, this assembly creates a number of fascinating conjunctions. The scene will be ripe for wide-angle photography. Unfortunately, none of these planets lies high enough to yield good views through a telescope.

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