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Neptune returns to its origin

August 2010: Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Saturn gather low in the west at dusk and set within 2 hours of the Sun. Jupiter becomes the major attraction from late evening until dawn, but both Uranus and Neptune make worthy targets for binocular users.
August 2010 neptune
Neptune appears blue-gray through backyard telescopes, a far cry from its appearance to the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989.
NASA/JPL
Four planets come into view shortly after sunset. Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Saturn gather low in the west at dusk and set within 2 hours of the Sun. Brilliant Venus stands out far more than the others.

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