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All of the naked-eye planets start the year as predawn objects, at least three of them far enough away from the Sun's glow to be visible. This includes Mercury, which is located in Ophiuchus the Serpent-Bearer, rising a little more than an hour before the Sun, but already in the process of retreating into the twilight. In conjunction with Saturn on the morning of January 13, Mercury is then joined by the waning crescent Moon on the mornings of the 14th and 15th, although all objects will be very low in the southeast, rising only an hour before dawn. Mercury's predawn visibility quickly diminishes as the littlest planet reaches superior conjunction on February 17, reemerging into the evening sky by mid-March. Its close encounter with Venus will be too close to the Sun to see, but the day-old crescent Moon's meeting with both objects in the twilight on March 18th make a pretty sight very low in the west just after sunset.