"The Two Brightest Planets Meet While the Twin Stars of Gemini Look On"

Scheduled air date: 2002 May 20-26

On the evening of May 14th, an exquisite pairing of Venus and the thin Waxing Crescent Moon appeared in the western sky.
(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.)

Over this week and next, the two brightest planets—Venus and Jupiter—will be putting on another spectacular show as they get closer night after night.  Their closest approach will occur on June 3rd, when they will be a mere 1.5 degrees apart, though they will be within two degrees of each other the day before and after this date.  Not far above the planets will be the Gemini Twin stars, Castor and Pollux.
(Shown about an hour after sunset at two-day intervals from May 20th through June 5th 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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