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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, December 18, 2000.

Now's The Time to Use Your New Telescope and Binoculars Because 3 Outrageously Wonderful Planets Bring The Year 2000 To A Spectacular Sky Show End

On December 29, Venus and a crescent moon lie very close together-close enough to be seen together through a pair of binoculars. Look to the southwest after dark to see this pair.

Venus is just over half lit up through the month of December, making it look like a tiny first quarter moon through a telescope.

On the same night that the moon and Venus huddle close together, Jupiter and Saturn shine brightly in the east. The three bright stars in Orionís belt point up towards the giant planets.


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