"Prepare For The Most Spectacular Celestial Gathering Of The Year!!!"

Scheduled air date: 1998 Mar 30-Apr 05

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During the first three weeks of April, Venus and Jupiter appear closer and closer together in the pre-dawn sky.  Then, on April 23, they are only half-a-degree apart, with a crescent Moon only a few degrees away!

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The above approximates a binocular view of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter just before sunrise on April 23, as seen from mid-Northern latitudes.

The Moon will actually pass directly in front of Venus and Jupiter for viewers on the southeast coast of South America, and southwest coast of Africa, though it may be difficult to see.  The best land-based view of this event is from Ascension Island, in the South Atlantic.

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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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