"Awesome Arcturus: Find It Now Before It's Gone"

Scheduled air date: 1999 May 31-Jun 06

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Arcturus and Mars are both bright, orangeish-colored objects which can be found by continuing the arc of the Big Dipper's handle toward Spica.
(Shown about 10:00pm any night this week for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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Arcturus is a rapidly-moving star headed in the direction of Spica (as seen from the neighborhood of our Sun).  As it moves away from us over the millenia, it will eventually become too faint to see with the unaided eye.
(Arcturus is shown in its present position, with its path over the next 9000 years—from A.D. 2000 to 11000—indicated in 900 year intervals.)

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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