"The Gemini Twins and the Goddess of Love, and: The Smallest Full Moon of the Year"

Scheduled air date: 1999 May 24-30

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This weekend's Full Moon—the most-distant from Earth of the year—will be nearly 31000 miles/49000km farther than the Full Moon of December—the closest of the year.   This weekend's Full Moon will appear about 15% smaller than that of December as a result.

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In the first few hours after sunset each evening of this week and next, Venus can be seen approaching and then passing the bright stars Castor and Pollux.  On the evening of June 1st, Venus will form a straight line with these twin stars of Gemini.
(Shown about an hour after sunset 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.

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