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A Lineup In The Sky Planets Put On A Show

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 06:41:53 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 11:21:07 -0500
Subject: A Lineup In The Sky Planets Put On A Show

Source: Newsday


A LINEUP IN THE SKY: Planets put on a show

March 23, 2004

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter will line up in the sky
every night for about two weeks starting last night, in a view
of the five planets that may be the best until 2036, according
to NASA.

The five so-called "naked- eye" planets will be visible for an
hour after sunset, and will appear in a line across the sky,
according to a statement posted on the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration Web site.

   The five planets' orbits mean they only "sporadically" appear
on the same side of the sun, usually every few years, according
to NASA. Other such alignments will occur over the next few
years, but this may be the best for at least three decades,
according to NASA astronomer Myles Standish.

"This particular planetary grouping will quite possibly offer
the best nighttime views until 2036," Standish, who works at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in
the statement.

The planets will be visible after sunset tonight in the western
horizon, with Mercury low in the sky, Venus and Mars above it,
Saturn almost directly overhead and Jupiter nearly on the eastern
horizon, NASA said, using a map made for a latitude of 34 degrees
north, or level with Los Angeles. But the planets will similarly
appear in a line across the sky from all locations, according to

The moon will also be visible, appearing as a crescent tonight
near Mercury and waxing over the next several nights to become
almost full on April 1 when it will appear above Jupiter,
according to NASA.

To see the gathering of planets, viewers should look at the sky
away from bright city lights and buildings. The planets should
still be visible through urban light pollution, NASA said,
adding that the best views will occur during the last eight to
10 days of March.

Viewing the Fab Five

For the next two weeks, five planets will be in lineand visible
to the naked eye for an hour after sunset.






As viewed tonight



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