Scheduled air date: 1999 Jan 04-10
During the Northern Hemisphere's Winter, our Earth is at its closest point in its orbit to the Sun. However, it is because the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun that we experience a cold season. (Illustration from TheSky's Astronomy Tutorial.)
On the evening of January 13th, Uranus will appear within one degree of Venus. You'll need binoculars or a small telescope to see the much dimmer, and more distant Uranus. (Shown for mid-Northern latitudes approximately 45 minutes after Sunset.)
If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.
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