"Getting Ready for a Great Meeting of the Planets"

Scheduled air date: 2000 Feb 28-Mar 05

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For the past few months, the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have been appearing to close-in on each other.  This will culminate over the evenings of April 11-16 in a beautiful trio (inset).
(Positions shown at one-week intervals, about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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A Waxing Crescent Moon will appear to pass by the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn over the evenings of March 7th-10th.  The Moon, Jupiter and Saturn will form a beautiful triangle on the evening of March 9th.
(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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