Starry Night This Week

Each week most PBS stations air "Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer", the world's first and only weekly TV series on naked-eye astronomy. The Starry Night images on this page illustrate the show for the week of Monday September 1, 2008. You can view the complete show script, or watch a RealPlayer video of the show.

Mars And Venus Slam Into Each Other!
And Uranus At Its Closest And Brightest For The Entire Year

Northern hemisphere viewers looking west half an hour after sunset this week might catch a glimpse of bright Venus accompanied by Mars and Mercury. Watch as they rise higher in the sky every evening, and look for the extremely close pass between Mars and Venus on the evening of September 11.