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STAR GAZER

Episode # 02-23 / 1278th Show
To Be Aired : Monday 6/3/2002 through
Sunday 6/9/2002

"Even Though The Great Planetary Lineup is Over,
The Super Jupiter/Venus/Moon Sky Show Continues"


Horkheimer : Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers. As most of you viewers know, all 5 of the brightest naked eye planets were lined up like pearls on a string for their best viewing in 2 decades during the last week of April and the 1st 2 weeks of May. And although 2 of the 5 are now gone, and a 3rd is extremely dim, nevertheless during June you will be able to watch the 2 brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, as they continue their great planet sky show with next week being super special as a crescent moon joins them.

O.K., we've got our skies set up for May 1st, 1 hour after sunset facing west/northwest where you would have seen Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. And if you had measured the distance between Jupiter and Venus they would have been 34 degrees apart which means we could have fit 68 full moons side by side between them. But as each night passed the distance between them steadily shrank as they moved closer and closer toward each other. And in only 1 month's time, by last Saturday June 1st they were side by side. On Monday June 3rd they changed places in the sky and were at their very closest, little more than 1 1/2 degrees apart which means we could have fit little more than 3 full moons between them. Wow! Now although Mercury and Saturn are gone and Mars is so dim it's really not worth bothering about, what we're left with isn't exactly small potatoes because 8,000 mile wide Venus is the brightest of the visible planets and 88,000 mile wide Jupiter, the 2nd brightest.

Plus you can now watch them as they separate from each other and put more distance between them from night to night. Tuesday June 4th, Wednesday June 5th. Thursday the 6th and by Friday the 7th Venus and Jupiter have separated by a full 5 degrees which means we now could line up 10 full moons between them. But the real fun begins next Tuesday, June 11th because if you go out 30 minutes after sunset you just may be able to see an extremely slender sliver of a crescent moon hovering just below Mars with the moon, Mars, Jupiter and Venus all in a straight line. Even better, 1 hour after sunset Wednesday the 12th, an incredible crescent moon complete with earthshine, which is simply sunlight bouncing off the earth, then to the moon and back to earth again which makes the moon look like it has a dark full moon within its bright crescent, will be cuddled up right alongside Jupiter. Don't miss this!

Then on Thursday the 13th an absolutely spectacular moon also complete with earthshine will be parked right above Venus! Wow! And believe it or not, whereas Venus and Jupiter were only 5 degrees apart on the 8th, only 1 week later on the 13th, they will be twice as far apart, 10 degrees! So don't feel too bad if you can't see all 5 planets anymore because the Venus / Jupiter sky show is still pretty hot! I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!

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Star Gazer Minute

#02-23 M

6/03/2002 thru 6/09/2002

"Don't Miss The Super Jupiter/Venus/Moon Sky Show"

Horkheimer : Even though the great 5 planet lineup is over, nevertheless we can watch a super spectacular ballet of the 2 brightest planets. On May 1st Jupiter and Venus were 34 degrees apart but in only 1 month's time, June 1st, they were side by side and on the 3rd were closest, only 1 1/2 degrees apart. This week they move farther away from each other every night but next Tuesday the real fun begins as the crescent moon joins them. On Wednesday the moon cuddles up right alongside Jupiter and on Thursday an absolutely spectacular moon parks itself right alongside Venus. Wow! Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Don't miss this! I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!


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THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION

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STAR GAZER

Episode #02-24 /1279th Show
To Be Aired : Monday 6/10/2002 through Sunday 6/16/2002

""Day Star Day": An Annual Star Gazer Celebration Of
The Summer Solstice And Our Closest Star

Horkheimer : Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers and once again we're going to ask you to participate in something which the majority of people on this planet have never really experienced. Indeed, we are going to prepare you for the dramatic rising of a great star over our earth's horizon a star so huge we could fit over 1 and 1/4 million earths inside it. Yes we are going to ask you to closely observe the rising of the closest star to earth, the only star we can see in the daytime, the star we call our sun, a star which would be better named "The Day Star". And this year we have chosen Saturday, June 22nd as "Day Star Day", the day after the summer solstice which is Friday the 21st.

Now many of you are probably thinking, "you're talking about a sunrise, and I've seen hundreds of sunrises in my life" and yes, I'm talking about a sunrise. But believe it or not the majority of people on this planet have never experienced a sunrise, especially in our high-tech society. Oh yes, there are millions of you out there who get up at the crack of dawn to get ready for a day's work, farmers starting their chores, commuters catching their trains or jamming the expressways as the sun slowly creeps up over the horizon. But that is not experiencing a sunrise because to most people sunrise is only a peripheral event and not the center of attention. So that's why we set aside 1 day each year as "Day Star Day" so you can experience one of the grandest events in nature an experience which may change the way you view our star the sun and our world forever.

To participate here's all you have to do: simply mark Saturday June 22nd as the day you'll get up 15 minutes before twilight begins, while it's still dark out. And whether you live in the heart of the city or out in the country makes no difference because it's not the sunrise itself you are going to observe, it will only be the effects of sunrise on everything around you as night slowly turns in to day. Of course it's best if you can be outside, but if not just sit by a window. And now for the rules which are absolutely essential. No radio, no television, no doing your normal wake up routine all distractions must be eliminated. Simply sit quietly and when you see the sky slowly start to brighten, look and listen and feel what happens all around you because a sunrise is not just visual. In fact you will hear the sounds of our world and its creatures waking up. You'll feel the wind change, the temperature change and much, much more as night slowly slips into day.

Keep track of all the subtle changes you notice and record your observations, either on paper or into a tape recorder and then play back your tape or read what you've written a few days later. And believe me if you've never done this before you're in for a peasant surprise because really experiencing the effects of a sunrise using all of your senses and your full attention is one of the most wonderful experiences this planet has to offer. Trust me, you'll thank me for it. I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!


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Star Gazer Minute

#02-24 M

6/10/2002 thru 6/16/2002

"How To Really Celebrate A Sunrise"

Horkheimer : Every year near the summer solstice we ask everyone to celebrate the rising of our local star, the sun because most people never really experience a sunrise. So this Saturday we encourage you to get up before twilight begins to observe the effects of sunrise on everything all around you. Do not watch the sun itself, only the incredible effects it has on our world as it rises. Forget all your normal routine, just sit quietly and tune in with all your senses. Listen to the different sounds of nature as our earth wakes up; feel the wind, temperature, and air change. And if you've never done this before I guarantee you'll be amazed at what you've missed. I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!


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STAR GAZER
THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION


STAR GAZER is seen nationally on most PBS stations. There is a five minute and a one minute version available each week. If it is not currently on your PBS station we suggest you contact your local PBS programming director and let them know it is available free to all PBS stations. You may take STAR GAZER off satellite for personal use, classroom use, astronomy club use, etc. without written permission.

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Monday 5/20/02 - 0930 - 1000 Eastern Time

Half Hour Feed - 4 shows


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STAR GAZER

Episode # 02-25 / 1280th Show

To Be Aired : Monday 6/17/2002 through Sunday 6/23/2002

"What The Stars Look Like
On The First Nights of Summer"

Horkheimer : Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers and this Friday, June 21st, summer officially begins in the northern hemisphere at 9:24 a.m., eastern daylight time which means that at that precise moment our star, the sun, will reach its highest point above the celestial equator. And for most people in the northern hemisphere the hours of daylight will be longest and the hours of night shortest. But even though there will be less hours to star gaze on the first nights of summer, nevertheless you'll find them beautiful and appropriate because they perfectly mirror the beginning of the new season and the end of the old:

O.K., we've got our skies set up for any night this week and next, just after dark facing west/northwest where you'll still be able to see the 2 brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, just above the horizon. But Venus and Jupiter are planets that come and go and appear in various seasons. What I want to show you is the stars that you will be able to see the first nights of summer for every summer as long as you live. So if you simply look up to Venus' left you will see a star which usually looks quite bright but which does not right now because Venus is so brilliant by contrast. This star is Regulus, the brightest star of the most famous constellation of spring, Leo the Lion. In fact, if we could magically remove Venus it would be easier to see all the stars of Leo. A hook of stars marks the front of Leo and a triangle marks his rear. And as you regular star gazers may recall, on the first nights of spring in early evening Leo was on the opposite side of the heavens, just rising in the east. So now on the first nights of summer it is quite appropriate that Leo is exactly opposite where he was on the first nights of spring and is getting ready to leave the heavens and set in the west.

Now if we follow this chain of thought a little farther we could surmise that whatever bright stars are rising in the east in early evening on the first nights of summer should be the stars which will stay with us all summer long and which could appropriately be called the stars of summer. And such is the case. Let me show you: O.K., we've turned ourselves 180 degrees around and are now looking opposite Leo toward the east toward the east and ta da! Without any trouble we can easily see 3 extremely bright stars which if we draw lines between them form a gigantic triangle, a triangle which not coincidentally is called what else? The Summer Triangle. In fact, on the first nights of every summer of your life, if you go out just after dark and look east, this cosmic triangle will always be in the same place, rising in the east and brightly announcing that it will be in the heavens all summer long, every summer of your life. How poetic, the stars which are rising in the east in early evening on the first nights of any season will be those getting ready to set in the west in early evening at the beginning of the next. So welcome, summer's Triangle, and say farewell to the Lion of spring. I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!



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Star Gazer Minute

#02-25 M

6/17/2002 thru 6/23/2002

"The Stars On The First Nights of Summer"

Horkheimer : This Friday summer officially begins in the northern hemisphere and even though there'll be less hours to star gaze because nights are shorter, nevertheless the stars on the first nights of summer are wonderful because they perfectly echo the change of the seasons. Just after dark look west and just above Venus and Jupiter you'll see spring's most famous constellation Leo the Lion setting in the west. Then if you look exactly opposite Leo you will see the 3 bright stars of the great Summer Triangle rising in the east. How poetic, a cosmic farewell to one season and a welcome to another. I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!

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STAR GAZER
THE INTERNATIONAL EDITION



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STAR GAZER

Episode #02-26 /1281st Show
To Be Aired : Monday 6/24/2002 through Sunday 6/30/2002

"How To See A Super Special Sky Show
Right After The Fireworks On The 4th Of July"


Horkheimer : Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers and if you want to see a really special sky show after the fireworks this upcoming 4th of July all you have to do is follow a few simple directions. O.K., we've got our skies set up for just after sunset, Thursday July 4th looking west/northwest where the brightest thing you will see is the brightest planet of them all, good old 8,000 mile wide Venus which will set shortly after the local fireworks are over. But what will make this 4th of July really special is that because there's no bright moon to flood the sky with moonlight, after the fireworks are over, you should see a fabulous dark sky with hundreds of visible stars if you're far from city lights. Plus if you stay out until midnight all the summer constellations and the Milky Way will be at their absolute best.

Indeed, face south at midnight and directly in front of you will be 2 of summer's most wonderful constellations, one of which looks like a giant fish hook, Scorpius the Scorpion and to its left the brightest stars of Sagittarius which when connected with lines looks like an old fashioned tea pot, complete with a lid, spout and handle. Scorpius is my summer favorite because its heart is marked by a gigantic red star named Antares which actually pulsates like a slowly beating heart and whose size is mind blowing. Indeed, it is 700 times the diameter of our own million mile wide sun and if we could place one edge of Antares where our sun is, Antares' opposite edge would extend beyond the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, even past Jupiter. In fact, we could fit over 200 million of our suns inside Antares. Wow!

But the most awesome spectacle of all awaits you if you are far from city lights because at midnight you will see a faint ribbon of light running all the way from the due south horizon, up through Scorpius and Sagittarius to the very top of the sky itself through the great Summer Triangle and then back down again through Cassiopeia to the northeast horizon. This is the Milky Way! Which, in reality, is an edge-on view of our galaxy, our family of 200 billion stars, as seen from the inside because we are located two thirds of the way out from the center of it. Indeed, the Milky Way is the combined light of billions of stars so far away that all their light fuzzes together in a blur. In fact, if you look anywhere along the Milky Way through a pair of binoculars you will see that it is peppered with hundreds of thousands of pin points of light. And each one, believe it or not, is a distant star another sun. So, after the fireworks look due south at midnight and there you'll see the Milky Way stretching up through Scorpius and Sagittarius across the roof of heaven, through the Summer Triangle and down through Cassiopeia to the northern horizon. What a great way to celebrate the 4th! I'm Jack Horkheimer, Keep Looking Up!

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Star Gazer Minute

#02-26 M

6/24/2002 thru 6/30/2002

"A Super Sky Show For the 4th Of July"

Horkheimer : Want to see a super sky show after the fireworks this 4th of July? Look west and you'll see the brightest planet of all, 8,000 mile wide Venus which will set shortly after the fireworks are over. But the real sky show will be just beginning if you're far from city lights because there'll be no bright moonlight to wipe out the stars of the Milky Way which will be at its absolute best, arching overhead at midnight. Face south and you'll see Scorpius and Sagittarius and the Milky Way running through them the southern horizon up to the very top of the sky itself, through the great Summer Triangle and then down through Cassiopeia to the northeast horizon. Happy 4th of July and Keep Looking Up!


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