"A Super Sky for the 4th of July!"

Scheduled air date: 2003 Jun 30-Jul 06

In the evening skies of this week, the Waxing Crescent Moon will appear to pass by the giant planet Jupiter and bright star Regulus.
(Shown about 45 minutes after sunset on July 1st through 4th for mid-northern latitudes.)

After the July 4th fireworks, look at the night sky around midnight and, weather permitting, you should be able to see two great Summer constellations—Scorpius and Sagittarius—just above the Southern horizon. The bright orange star Antares can be seen at the heart of Scorpius; it is a giant at approximately 700 times the diameter of our own Sun! If you are away from bright city lights, you might also notice The Milky Way (which is a portion of our own galaxy) appearing like a faint cloud extending from the Southern horizon, high overhead, and onward to the Northern horizon.
(Shown at midnight of July 4th 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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