"Punxsutawney Phil and the King of the Planets, Candlemas and the First Cross Quarter Day of 2003"

Scheduled air date: 2003 Jan 27-02

On the morning of Groundhog Day in the U.S., the planets Venus and Mars will be brilliant in the southeastern sky.
(Shown about an hour before sunrise on February 2nd for mid-Northern latitudes.)

On this same morning, the giant planet Jupiter will reach opposition—lying directly opposite the sun from Earth.  Both it and the ringed planet Saturn may be seen in the evening sky shortly after sunset.
(Shown about an hour after sunset 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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