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Mercury to reach its farthest point from Earth today

THE smallest planet Mercury will reach the farthest point from Earth during an astronomical phenomenon known as superior conjunction with Sun on Wednesday (September 4). The planet will be 198 million kilometres from the Earth’s centre during this cosmological event occurring at 4.27am Doha time, Qatar Calendar House (QCH) announced.
Superior conjunction of Mercury is a very important astronomical phenomenon as it marks Mercury’s transition from the morning sky over the eastern horizon to the evening sky over the western horizon to appear after sunset, QCH’s Expert Astronomer Dr Beshir Marzouk said.
Residents of Qatar and Arab countries will not be able to observe Mercury on Wednesday because it will pass very close to Sun during the superior conjunction phenomenon, Dr Marzouk pointed out. (TNN)

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