"Week Of Togetherness For Mars and Venus, and:
The Perseid Meteor Shower"

Scheduled air date: 1998 Aug 03-09

98Jul27a.gif (13381 bytes)
Over the first few mornings of this week, Venus descends past Mars in the neighborhood of the bright stars Castor and Pollux.
Venus will continue to rise later, while Mars, Castor and Pollux rise earlier each morning.

98Aug03b.gif (11172 bytes)
A last quarter Moon interferes with seeing the Perseid Metor Shower at its best (after local midnight), but if you watch on the evenings of August 11th and 12th, you should be able to see frequent meteors radiating from a point in the constellation Perseus.
(Shown at 10:30pm on August 12 for mid-Northern latitudes.)

 

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.

Copyright 1999-2006 by Software Bisque, Inc.