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StarGazer
Each week most PBS stations air Star Gazer with Jack Horkheimer, the world's first and only weekly TV series on naked-eye astronomy. The images on this page illustrate the show for the week of Monday, April 24, 2000.

The Big Planetary Lineup Brou-Ha-Ha! You Won't Even Get Your Feet Wet!

On May 3 and May 4, none of the naked-eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn) are visible from sunset to sunrise, something that hasn't happened in 38 years. This image shows why: all 5 planets are on the opposite side of the sun from the earth, so they will only be above the horizon during the daytime, when the sun's light renders them invisible.

On May 17, the 5 naked-eye planets are even closer together, all in a narrow 20-degree angle.

However, the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) do not line up with the other 5, as seen in this view (also on May 17).

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