"Planets in a Super Huddle! The Great Planetary Gathering Continues and Becomes Even More Spectacular!"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Apr 29-May 05

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Over the next few weeks, five planets—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter—will be presenting a spectacle in the western sky during the early evening hours...
(Shown about an hour after sunset at 4-5 day intervals over the last week of April and first week of May for mid-Northern latitudes.)

...On the evening of May 5th, Venus, Saturn and Mars will form a close triangle that shouldn't be missed!...
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

...After which Saturn will drift away while Venus and Mars come even closer together on May 9th, followed by an exquisite pairing of Venus and the thin Waxing Crescent Moon on the night of the 14th.
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.  Inset shows binocular view of the Moon and Venus on May 14th.)

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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