"Four Planets in a Bundle for Your Early Evening Pleasure"

Scheduled air date: 1999 Mar 01-07

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The two largest planets in our Solar System—Jupiter and Saturn—and the two planets closest to our Sun—Mercury and Venus—can be seen in a cosmic dance over the next two weeks.
(Shown about 30 minutes after Sunset at two-day intervals; numbers indicate day of the month.)

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Perhaps the best view will be on the evening of March 8th, when Jupiter and Mercury will appear side-by-side...

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...yet actually be almost 500 million miles apart!

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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