"Now's the Time to Use Your New Telescope and Binoculars, Because 3 Outrageously Wonderful Planets Bring the Year 2000 to a Spectacular Sky-Show End"

Scheduled air date: 2000 Dec 18-24

The brilliant planet Venus is presently making its appearance in the southwest as the Evening Star.  Next week the Waxing Crescent Moon will join it, making an especially beautiful pairing on the evening of the 29th.  Even a small telescope can reveal that Venus is presently in a waning gibbous phase (inset).
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

In the east, the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn are nicely grouped with the bright red star Aldebaran and the Pleiades Star Cluster (also known as the "Seven Sisters").
(Shown about an hour after sunset this week for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Don't forget the Partial Solar Eclipse on Christmas morning!  Click here for details.

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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