"Mars and Mercury Pair Up, and; The Rival of Mars Says Good-bye"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Sep 30-Oct 06

The Waning Crescent Moon will pass by the star Regulus on its way to a meeting with the planets Mars and Mercury in the morning sky later this week.  On October 10th, Mars and Mercury will be at their closest, a little less than three degrees apart.
(Shown about 45 minutes before sunrise for mid-Northern latitudes.)

The star Antares—"rival" of Mars—along with the Summer constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius, will soon disappear into the Sun's glow.  The Waxing Crescent Moon will pass by these stars in the evening sky of next week.
(Shown about 45 minutes after sunset 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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