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Moon, Mercury, star cluster dance a celestial conga line

Moon, Mercury, star cluster dance a celestial conga line
A clear sky Sunday night treated Northwest astronomers to a semi-rare treat -- a -- the moon, Pleiades star cluster, and the planet Mercury all in a row.

It's especially a treat because Mercury is usually very difficult to spot. This week will be the best chance all year to see the elusive planet.

Dr. Dale Ireland (a.k.a. Silverdale Time Lapse man) captured some great time lapse video of the event:

It might be a bit small to see here, but if you look in the comments below, Dale posted links to his higher resolution videos.