"The Moon and Saturn and The New Year's Star Two Months Later"

Scheduled air date: 1998 Feb 23-Mar 01

On the evening of February 28th, the thin crescent Moon will be below Saturn. The next night, March 1st, the Moon will be above Saturn. (Shown half an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, is directly on the Meridian (an imaginary line running North-to-South, through the Zenith overhead) at about 8:00 pm on March 1st. This is four hours earlier in the evening than Sirius' midnight "transit" (crossing of the Meridian) on New Year's Day. (Note that four hours is one-sixth of a day, and the two months since January 1st is one-sixth of a year!)

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