"Venus at Greatest Brilliancy, and; Two Wonderful Morning Planets"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Sep 23-29

Venus is currently at its greatest brilliancy low in the southwest after sunset, but will soon vanish in the glare of the Sun.  It will emerge again in November as the "Morning Star."
(Shown for mid-Northern latitudes.)

The Waning Gibbous Moon can be seen approaching, and then passing, the ringed planet Saturn during the latter part of this week.
(Shown around midnight for mid-Northern latitudes.)

In the morning sky next week, the Waning Crescent Moon can be seen passing from Saturn toward the giant planet Jupiter.
(Shown about an hour before sunrise 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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