"Spring Right in Your Face!  and; The Last Good Moon/Jupiter/Saturn Get-Together"

Scheduled air date: 2001 Mar 19-25

The Sun crosses the Celestial Equator at the Vernal (Spring) and Autumnal (Fall) Equinoxes.
The Sun is ascending ("springing") in March, and descending ("falling") in September.

The Sun rises exactly due East the morning of March 20th...

...and sets exactly due West that evening.

On the evenings of March 28th and 29th, a Waxing Crescent Moon appears next to the giant planets Saturn and Jupiter.
(Shown about 45 minutes after 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 95, 98, NT, 2000 and Windows Me. Some post-processing may have occurred.

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