"Last Week For The Grand Gathering Of The Planets, and : Venus At Its Greatest Brilliancy"

Scheduled air date: 1997 Dec 01-07

The Moon can help you locate the planets as it passes them this week (shown about 30 minutes after sunset each evening).

Jupiter and Venus are rapidly closing in on Mars this month, illustrating that the planets' positions are not static.
Venus and Mars will be closest on December 21st, the night of Winter Solstice.
(Positions shown are just after sunset every seven days beginning November 11th.)

If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.

Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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