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What's in TheSky This Week?

The following illustration(s) were created using TheSky Astronomy Software (some post-processing may have occurred), and correspond to the current topic of the "Star Gazer" weekly television series. For a complete script of this week's "Star Gazer" episode, visit the Star Gazer Home Page.

For the week of March 19-25, 2001:

The Sun crosses the Celestial Equator at the Vernal (Spring) and Autumnal (Fall) Equinoxes.
The Sun is ascending ("springing") in March, and descending ("falling") in September.

The Sun rises exactly due East the morning of March 20th...

...and sets exactly due West that evening.

On the evenings of March 28th and 29th, a Waxing Crescent Moon appears next to the giant planets Saturn and Jupiter.
(Shown about 45 minutes after sunset for mid-Northern latitudes.)

If you wish to view illustrations for other episodes, please see our Star Gazer Illustrated directory.


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