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Eta Aquarid meteors on parade

May 2008: May shows off a few planets and brings the hope for a strong meteor shower.
May places a slew of planets on view. Mercury makes a fine evening appearance early this month as it wanders near the dazzling Pleiades star cluster. Mars shines like a bright star in Gemini the Twins, far above Mercury. And Saturn rides high in the south at sunset.

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