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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, September 4, 2000.

The Nights Of The Harvest Moon and Mars And Regulus Meet

The full moon of September 12, 13 and 14 rises at sunset and is visible all night long, moving across the southern sky from east to west.

Mars moves close to the bright star Regulus in September. The two bodies are closest on September 16. The best time to view them is about an hour before sunrise.

Currently Regulus is brighter than Mars, but usually Mars is the brighter object. Mars is relatively dim right now, because it is on the opposite side of the sun, and therefore farther away from Earth.


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