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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, May 29, 2000.

The Closest Meeting of the Two Largest Planets For 20 Years!!

Early risers can see Jupiter and Saturn very near each other in the northeast in late May and early June. This view is taken on Memorial Day, when the planets will be closest together.

A view of the solar system from above, also on Memorial Day. You can see that Earth, Jupiter and Saturn form almost a perfectly straight line, explaining why Saturn and Jupiter appear so close together in the sky.

The next time when Jupiter and Saturn will be extremely close together is Christmas 2020. At this time, they will be relatively high above the horizon after sunset, allowing observers the chance to see them together in total darkness.

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