Eric David commented on August 12:
“Talking about the total length of time and inflation makes my head spin, but back here on Earth I was treated to a nice view of all five naked-eye planets this evening, including what seemed to be a perfectly symmetrical diamond of the Moon, Mars, Antares, and Saturn at almost the exact south point. In the west, what was (a week or so ago) a straight line between Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter has become bent as Mercury slides south of the ecliptic.”
I thought I’d illustrate this, but had to wait till today to learn Eric’s location (Fredericksburg, Virginia) and the time after sunset (he estimates “about 45 minutes to an hour”).
I would say it could not have been much more than 45 minutes; by an hour, Mercury would be on the horizon and Venus below it.
Eric had some more to say about this, which I hope he will put into another comment here.