"How to Use Our Moon To Find The Planets!"

Scheduled air date: 1998 May 11-17

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Jupiter, Venus and Saturn form a planetary trio in the pre-dawn sky.  The Moon can be used to identify these planets as it appears near Jupiter on the 20th, Venus on the 22nd, and Saturn on the 23rd.
(Shown about 45 minutes before sunrise for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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During May 28th and 29th, Venus and Saturn can be seen passing each other.  They appear about half-a-degree apart (the apparent diameter of the Moon) in the morning skies of the Western Hemisphere.


If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.

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

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