"Another Cosmic Triangle and The Time Machine Effect!"

Scheduled air date: 1999 Nov 22-28

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The Waning Crescent Moon will appear to pass near the planet Venus and star Spica over the mornings of December 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  While they will seem to be close together, in reality the Moon is only about 1.5 light-seconds away, Venus about 8 light-minutes away, and Spica 260 light-years away from Earth!  (A light-second, light-minute and light-year are the distances that light travels in one second, one minute, and one year, respectively.)
(Shown about an hour before sunrise 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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