"May 14th is Super Venus/Moon Day!  And; The Great Planet Gathering and Dance Continues"

Scheduled air date: 2002 May 06-12


On May 5th, Venus, Saturn and Mars formed a close triangle as part of a five-planet spectacle currently presenting itself in the evening skies...
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)


...and now Saturn is drifting 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.  On the 15th the Moon will appear below Jupiter, and on the 16th above that giant of planets.
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes from May 5th through 16th. Inset shows binocular view of the Moon and Venus on May 14th.)

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