Scheduled air date: 1998 Apr 06-12
The Full Moon this month is the farthest from Earth all year, and therefore appears the smallest. The closest Full Moon of the year will be in November. (Distances shown are at 1/2-scale of the Earth/Moon size scale.)
One of the "handle" stars of the Big Dipperan asterism within Ursa Majoris Mizar. With good eyesight, this star can actually be seen as a pair; Mizar and Alcor. But astronomers now know that Alcor is actually two stars, and Mizar five!
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