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In 1611, Johannes Fabricius and his father observed sunspots directly through a telescope shortly after sunrise or before sunset. They discovered that the Sun rotates by recording how sunspots moved around

SpaceX fishes Falcon 9 payload fairing out the sea at sunrise (photo)

In January 2016, all of the planets from Mercury to Saturn were visible together in the predawn sky about 45 minutes before sunrise

Because it is so close to the Sun, Mercury is only observable in the early morning just before sunrise, or at dusk. Ancient Greek astronomers once believed Mercury was actually two separate objects