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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, May 7, 2001.

Mars Backs Up This Week! And Continues Racing Toward Earth!

As Mars and Earth orbit the sun, they come closer together through the first half of 2001.

A closeup look at Mars, showing the northern polar ice cap.

In early May, Mars stops its usual eastward motion and starts moving to the west, relative to the background stars.


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