"Venus Meets the Moon, and; The Night of St. Lawrence's Tears"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Aug 05-11

The Waxing Crescent Moon will appear near the bright planet Venus on the evening of August 11th.  The next evening, the Moon will have moved closer to the star Spica in the constellation Virgo.
(Shown about an hour after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

The Perseid Meteor Shower will be best seen in the hours between midnight and twilight on the morning of August 13th.  All of the meteors associated with this shower will appear to originate from the direction of the radiant (marked with the red '+' symbol), in the constellation Perseus.  The Milky Way—our own galaxy—may also be seen stretching across the sky in a nearly due East-West orientation.
(The star and radiant positions are shown for an observer looking directly overhead at 3:45am from mid-Northern latitudes.)

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