the moon shine near Mercury before dawn on Monday

It's also the last chance to catch the moon alongside the "planet parade

the moon wrap up its monthly tour of the morning plants with Mercury. 

The silver sliver of the old moon's crescent will shine several finger widths

the bright dot of Mercury," writes Chris Vaughan, amateur astronomer with SkySafari

The pair will be close enough to share the view of a pair of binoculars

Vaughan warns observers to turn optics away from the eastern horizon before the sun rises. 

The moon may be rather tricky to spot at first glance as it will be a very thin

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