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The smallest planet might be briefly visible, soon after sunset at the beginning of April, but it quickly overtakes the Sun and passes inferior conjunction on April 19, passing into the morning sky. However, the angle of its path against the stars is so shallow with respect to the horizon that it doesn't get very high above the horizon, even at greatest western elongation (greatest angular separation from the rising Sun) on May 17. With the quickest orbit around the Sun (88 days), it is at superior conjunction on June 21, passing behind the Sun and returning to the early evening sky. The Moon's passes near Mercury on the morning of April 25 and May 24 are too close to the Sun to be seen, as is the close-encounter on the evening of June 24.