"The Incredible Journey of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn"

Scheduled air date: 2000 Mar 27-Apr 02

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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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On the evening of April 6th, a thin Crescent Moon will appear next to Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, forming a beautiful twilight grouping that will be spectacular in a pair of binoculars!
(Shown during evening twilight for mid-Northern latitudes.)

If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrate directory.

Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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