"This Week's Closest Meeting Of Two Planets, and:
Jupiter At Its Biggest, Brightest And Closest Since 1987"

Scheduled air date: 1998 Sep 07-13

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Mercury and Venus are within one-half degree (the apparent size of the Moon) of each other this Friday and Saturday mornings.

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Jupiter is at opposition on September 15th.  On this night, Jupiter can be seen rising at Sunset, crossing the meridian at about 1:00 am (midnight without Daylight Saving Time), and setting at Sunrise.

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Just after Sunset on September 15th, a steadily-held pair of binoculars can reveal three of Jupiter's moons to one side of the planet.  (Shown at high, telescopic magnification.)


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