"Farewell to Orion and Saturn and Hello, Hello to Mars and the Moon"

Scheduled air date: 2003 May 12-18

The winter constellation Orion—the Hunter—will soon disappear into the glow of the Sun, taking the ringed planet Saturn with it.  But you can currently still see them shortly after sunset near the western horizon.  The giant planet Jupiter can also be seen higher in the sky, above the Gemini twin stars, Castor and Pollux.
(Shown about half an hour after sunset this week for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Next week, the Waning Gibbous Moon appears near the planet Mars in the morning sky of May 21st and 22nd.
(Shown around 5:00 AM 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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