"The Moon has Two Near Misses with Two Planets!"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Jan 14-20

The Waxing Gibbous Moon may be used to help locate the ringed planet Saturn and the bright star Aldebaran on the nights of January 23rd and 24th, and the giant planet Jupiter on the night of the 26th.  The Moon is a little more than one light-second from Earth, Jupiter and Saturn about 36 and 70 light-minutes, respectively, and Aldebaran about 65 light-years distant.
(Shown at about 7:00pm for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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