"The Great Planetary Line-Up Begins, and You Can Watch it All with Just the Naked Eye"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Apr 08-14

Five planets in our solar system are currently closing in on a gathering which will be at its best in May.  Meanwhile, we can watch the Waxing Crescent Moon pass by each of four of these planets—Venus, Mars, Saturn then Jupiter—in the evening skies next week.  The fifth planet in this gathering, Mercury, will soon be appearing over the horizon at dusk as well.
(Shown about an hour after sunset 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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