"Mars Continues Racing Towards Us for its August 27th Meeting, and; The Moon Meets the Ringed Planet"

Scheduled air date: 2003 Aug 11-17

Full Moon occurs 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.)

Next week the Waning Crescent Moon will appear in the morning sky near the ringed planet Saturn.
(Shown about an hour before sunrise 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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