|After more than a month, the lovely lineup
of four naked-eye
planets in dawn skies is coming to a close.
Still, on May 31st a slender Moon joined the grouping along the
eastern horizon for a final
presented in this early morning scene from a beach
near Buenos Aires, Argentina.
A favorable view
of the configuration in the southern hemisphere autumn,
the photo was taken about 30 minutes before sunrise.
In order from bottom to top,
wandering Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter
are stretched along the ecliptic plane.
The Moon's sunlit crescent is sinking into the colorful twilight glow just
left of Mercury.
dawns to come,
Mars and Jupiter will continue to rise while
Venus and Mercury sink toward the horizon, drawing closer
to the rising Sun.
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