"The Biggest Grand Scootchie of the Planets Of '98"

Scheduled air date: 1998 Jan 12-18

Jupiter and Mars creep closer together each day, until they're closest on January 20th — then begin to grow farther apart again.
(Positions shown at two day intervals, about thirty minutes after sunset. Star background correct for January 20th.)

On the evening of January 20th, Jupiter and Mars are about one-fifth of a degree apart — less than half the width of a Full Moon!
(This view approximates that of a pair of binoculars or telescope at low magnification.)

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

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