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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 25, 2000.

Ring In The New Year The Cosmic Way! With The New Year's Eve Star and Two Wonderful Planets!

Sirius crosses over the meridian just after midnight on New Year’s Eve. Jupiter and Staturn cross the meridian a few hours earlier, and Orion crosses just before Sirius.

A closeup look at Jupiter, which is high overhead in the South at midnight.

Sirius is nicknamed “The Dog Star” because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, Latin for “The Big Dog”.


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