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December 2006: Now's the time to catch Mercury showing off.
Now's the time to catch Mercury showing off. It shines brightly against the deep-orange glow of the approaching day and should be a snap to find around 6 a.m. local time, an hour before sunrise. The innermost planet has a well-earned reputation for quickly disappearing off the stage, however; so don't wait long.

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