"Two Side-By-Side Planets Glide Together for 11 Days in Pre-Dawn Skies"

Scheduled air date: 2001 Oct 22-28

The inner planets Venus and Mercury approach within one degree of each other this week before gradually separating over the next couple of weeks.  Due to the present geometry of their orbital positions and that of Earth, they will appear within one degree of each other for twelve consecutive days, instead of the usual 1-2 days of such a conjunction.
(Positions shown at one-day intervals about 30-60 minutes 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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