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Bejeweled evenings

September 2013: The "evening star" meets the ringed planet after sunset this month.
Crescent Moon and Venus
The “evening star” meets the ringed planet after sunset this month. While Venus dazzles like an expensive engagement diamond, Saturn displays its romantic tones more subtly, with a magnificent ring system visible only through telescopes. You can spy the pair low in the southwest during twilight. The innermost planet, Mercury, strays far enough from the Sun to show up briefly in the evening sky, but it hugs the horizon for Northern Hemisphere viewers.

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