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Transit of Venus (2012)

What stargazers can look forward to in 2013

What stargazers can look forward to in 2013

There is no Transit of Venus to be watched in 2013, or any major eclipses visible for long from Maryland, but local sky watchers say there is still plenty to look forward to seeing in the night sky.

There could be a few opportunities to see rare objects like comets and asteroids, as well as good chances to see some of our closest neighbors in the solar system. One of those is Mercury, one of the most elusive of Earth's neighbors because it orbits so closely to the sun, making it rare to see on the nighttime horizon.

"Copernicus supposedly never saw Mercury," said Jim O'Leary, executive director of the