"Saturn at its Best Since the 70's, and; The Moon Pays a Visit to Jupiter"

Scheduled air date: 2001 Nov 26-Dec 02

The Waning Gibbous Moon will appear only one-and-one-quarter degrees from the giant planet Jupiter on the morning of December 3rd.
(Shown about an hour before sunrise for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Also on December 3rd, Saturn will be at opposition—directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth.  Because of this, and the current orientation of Saturn's rings relative to Earth, now is an ideal time to observe this planet.
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.  Inset shows an overhead view of part of our solar system.)

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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