"Venus and Jupiter Versus the Gemini Twins!"

Scheduled air date: 2002 May 27-Jun 02

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.)

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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