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 May 17th, 2010. You can view the complete show script, or watch a RealPlayer video of the show.

See The Lord Of The Rings Almost Ringless
Then Watch His Rings Grow

Saturn's rings are pretty thin-looking right now from Earth, due to the angle between the ring plane and our line of sight.

Give it seven years and you'll see the rings almost at their widest, as we look 'down' on them from a wider angle: