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 14th, 2009. You can view the complete show script, or watch a RealPlayer video of the show.

Find The False Dawn Of Omar Khayyam
The Last Two Weeks Of This September

From Earth, the plane of the solar system can be envisioned as a line around our sky, called the ecliptic. Most objects in the solar system can be found on or near this line.

The 'false dawn', or zodiacal light, is the predawn reflection of sunlight off of dust particles in the plane of the solar system. This picture shows the path of the ecliptic before dawn in late September as seen from midnorthern latitudes. Look for the glow of the false dawn rising like a spike from the eastern horizon.