"The Holiday Star Gets Higher and Brighter! and: Using the Moon to Find the 2 Largest Planets"

Scheduled air date: 2000 Dec 04-10


The brilliant planet Venus—currently making its appearance as the Evening Star—can be seen to climb higher in the southwest sky from night to night.
(Shown about an hour after sunset for the indicated dates in December from mid-Northern latitudes.)


But the real show this week is the grouping of a near-New Moon with the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn (presently at its brightest in 25 years), the huge red star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the "Seven Sisters."
(Shown about an hour after sunset for the indicated dates in December 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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