"The Goddess of Love and the Valentine's Day Star"

Scheduled air date: 2004 Feb 09-15

The brilliant planet Venus—named after the goddess of love—may be seen in the southwest skies after sunset on Valentine's Day.
(Shown about an hour after sunset February 14 for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Betelgeuse—the brightest red star as seen from Earth—reaches its highest point in the nighttime sky at about 8:15 PM on Valentine's Day.
(Shown at about 8:15 PM on the evening of February 14 for mid-Northern latitudes.)

Betelgeuse is an extremely large star, pulsating in size between about the equivalent of Mars' orbit, to that of Jupiter's!

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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