"The Two 'Morning Stars' Of June 2001!"

Scheduled air date: 2001 Jun 04-10

The planet Mars currently appears as the brightest "star" in the southeast nighttime sky, with a dramatically orange-red color.  The Full Moon appears near Mars on the night of June 5th, then as a just-past-Full Moon on the 6th.
(Shown at about 11:00 PM for mid-Northern latitudes.  Mars' position is shown for May 28th-June 7th.)

During the first half of June, two "Morning Stars" will be visible in the pre-dawn sky—the planet Mars in the southwest, and the planet Venus in the east.  The Full Moon will visit Mars during the first week of June...
(Shown about an hour before sunrise for mid-Northern latitudes.)

...and then the Waxing Crescent Moon will visit Venus at mid-month.
(Shown about an hour before sunrise for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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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