"Using The Moon To Find Four Planets In Late Summer Skies"

Scheduled air date: 2000 Aug 14-20


The Moon—which is at Last Quarter phase on the 22nd—will appear to pass the giant planets Saturn and Jupiter over the nights of August 22-24.  Shortly before sunrise on the 23rd, Jupiter, the Moon and the red star Aldebaran will form a straight line.
(Shown around 1:00am for mid-Northern latitudes.)


About 30-40 minutes before sunrise each day of next week, the Waning Crescent Moon will appear to approach, and then pass, our neighboring planet Mars.  A very low eastern horizon will be required to see the near-New Moon below Mars on the morning of the 28th.
(Shown about 40 minutes before sunrise for mid-Northern latitudes.)


On the evening of August 30, a young Waxing Crescent Moon will appear to the upper-right of the bright planet Venus (the "evening star").  Viewers with a low western horizon may also see Mercury to the lower-right of Venus and the Moon.
(Shown about 30 minutes before sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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

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