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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, February 19, 2001.

Venus At Its Greatest Brilliancy! And An Exquisite Moon Makes Dramatic Sky Pictures With The Planets

Venus is brighter the last two weeks in February than it has been for eight years. While it is officially brightest on Feb. 21, the night of Feb. 26 might be best for stargazers, with Venus and a crescent moon side-by-side in the west.

A look at the arrangement of Venus, Earth and the sun when Venus is at its brightest.

Venus is so bright because of its thick atmosphere which reflects sunlight. The image on the left shows Venus with its atmosphere, and the image on the right shows Venus without its atmosphere.


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