"The King of the Planets at its Biggest and Brightest for 2004 Meets the King of the Constellations"

Scheduled air date: 2004 Feb 23-29

The giant planet Jupiter is at opposition—directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth—on March 3rd.  On that night, Jupiter appears in the constellation Leo, the Lion, beneath a three-days-before-Full Waxing Gibbous Moon.
(Shown about two hours after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

This view of our Solar System shows that Jupiter is directly opposite the Sun from Earth on March 3rd.
(Shown from above the Sun's north pole.)

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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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