"Star Gazer Celebrates its 25th Anniversary!
The Leonid Meteor Shower May Turn Into a Meteor Storm, and; An Announcement About Mars
You Won't Believe!"

Scheduled air date: 2001 Nov 05-11

The planet Mars is currently visible shortly after sunset to the South in the constellation Capricornus.
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

It has been more than four months since Mars was at its last superior conjunction—when it was closest to Earth in 13 years.  However, with its next approach on August 27, 2003, Mars will be less than 56 million kilometres / 35 million miles away; its closest and brightest in many thousands of years!

On the mornings of November 17 and 18 the Leonid Meteor Shower may produce a number of bright meteors.  The above illustrates that these meteors appear to originate from a point (marked by the red "+" symbol) within the constellation Leo, however they can appear anywhere in the sky.  The best viewing time will be between local midnight and sunrise.

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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