"What To See In The Sky On The 4th Of July!"

Scheduled air date: 1999 Jun 28-Jul 04

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On the evening of July 4th (U.S.A. Independence Day), Mercury will be very near the horizon, brilliant Venus appears near Regulus almost due West, and Mars blazes higher in the Southwest.  Over the next week, Mercury begins moving closer to the Sun, Venus passes Regulus, and Mars drifts farther from Spica.
(Shown about 80 minutes after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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The two most well-known constellations of Summer—Sagittarius and Scorpius—can be seen above the Southern horizon all evening long.
(Shown about two hours after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes; Mars' position is for July 4.)

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