"Awesome Arcturus: Star of a Million Years"

Scheduled air date: 2002 May 13-19


Arcturus is an orangeish-colored star that can be found by continuing the arc of the Big Dipper's handle toward Spica.
(Shown about 10:00 PM any night this week for mid-Northern latitudes.)


Arcturus is moving rapidly in the direction of Spica (as seen from the neighborhood of our Sun).  As it moves away from us over the millennia, it will eventually become too faint to see with the unaided eye.
(Arcturus is shown in its present position, with its path over the next 9000 years—from A.D. 2000 to 11000—indicated in 900 year intervals.)

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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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