"Use the Moon to Find Mars as Mars Races for its Closest Meeting in almost 60,000 Years, Plus: Sorry About the Perseids"

Scheduled air date: 2003 Aug 04-10

Full Moon occurs next week on the night of August 11th.  On the following two nights, the Waning Gibbous Moon will appear near the planet Mars—currently closing in on its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years.  The nearly Full Moon prevents all but the brightest meteors from being seen during this years' Perseid Meteor shower, which culminates on the night of August 12th.
(Shown about ninety minutes after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

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