"A Spectacular Meeting of the Two Brightest Planets This Weekend, and; Mars Pulls Away from Antares"

Scheduled air date: 2001 Jul 30-Aug 05

A Waxing Gibbous Moon passes by the planet Mars at the end of July.  No longer in retrograde, Mars has resumed its usual eastward motion, and is moving away from its "rival" star, Antares.
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

During the first two weeks of August, the bright planets Jupiter and Venus put on a morning display as Venus passes the more-distant Jupiter.  They will appear closest—about one degree apart—on the morning of August 5th.
(Shown about an hour before sunrise for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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