"Last Chance to See Jupiter; Mercury Meets The Moon; and: The Hidden Splendor of Gemini!"

Scheduled air date: 2001 May 14-20

Mercury—the planet closest to our Sun—appears this week in the evening sky near the giant planet Jupiter.
(Shown about 45 minutes after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Next week the Waxing Crescent Moon will appear near Mecury, with Jupiter visible just above a low, unobstructed horizon.  On the night of May 26th, the Moon will appear in a line with the two Gemini Twin stars, Castor and Pollux.
(Shown about an hour 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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