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Planets Dancing Close (September 30, 2004)

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Last week we observed and described a new dance of the planets in which Jupiter, Mars and Mercury would be passing close by each other in the coming week. As predicted, Jupiter overtook Mars, moving from right to left. Mercury came into the celestial scene on Sept. 26 from the right side. This image shows them quite near each other, at about their closest proximity on September 29. Of course, the planets themselves are millions of miles away from each other (Jupiter is over 400 million miles away from Mercury), but they appear visually aligned as seen from SOHO.s view near Earth-Sun line of sight.

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