"A Venus/Moon Goodie and A Preview Of Coming Summer Attractions"

Scheduled air date: 1998 Feb 16-22

Venus and the Moon form a bright pair of crescents in the pre-dawn sky of February 23.
(Shown for mid-Northern latitudes at about 5:15 in the morning.)
A steady pair of binoculars or a telescope will be required to see the crescent of Venus, as shown in the inset.

Note also the emergence of two popular summer constellations, Sagittarius and Scorpius, including the bright and very large red star, Antares. (The Milky Way — our own galaxy — appears somewhat brighter in this part of the sky, as we look toward its nucleus.)

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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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