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    from; http://www.jackstargazer.com/scripts0SG0408.htmlEpisode #04-08 / 1368th Show To Be Aired : Monday 2/23/2004 through Sunday 2/29/2004 The King Of The
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      Episode #04-08 / 1368th Show
      To Be Aired : Monday 2/23/2004 through Sunday 2/29/2004
      "The King Of The Planets At Its Biggest And Brightest
      For 2004 Meets The King of The Constellations"
      Horkheimer: Greetings, greetings fellow star gazers. And have we ever got a=
      treat for you because next week the king of the planets Jupiter is at oppos=
      ition and at its biggest and brightest for the entire year. Plus it is payin=
      g a royal visit to the ancient king of the constellations, Leo the Lion. Let=
      me show you.
      O.K., we've got our skies set up for two hours after sunset Wednesday March=
      3rd, the night Jupiter comes into opposition. And all you have to do to fin=
      d it is simply look east for the brightest thing you can see, a couple of fi=
      sts just above the horizon. And right beside him you'll see the stars that m=
      ake up the ancient sky symbol of royalty, Leo the king of the beasts which h=
      as been considered a royal constellation since the time of the ancient Egypt=
      ians and Babylonians. Several stars, which if connected by lines, make a bac=
      kward question mark or sickle mark the front of Leo the Lion who is usually =
      depicted in a reclining position. And right beside Jupiter three stars form =
      a triangle, which mark his hindquarters. His brightest star, which marks the=
      point of the question mark or end of the sickle, is blue­white Regulus whic=
      h literally means "the little king" although compared to Jupiter, little he =
      is not.
      Regulus is a huge star 4.3 million miles in diameter compared to 88,000 mil=
      e wide Jupiter which is a planet. Jupiter only appears much brighter than Re=
      gulus because it is so much closer. In fact, next week it is at its closest =
      for the year and will be only 411 million miles away whereas Regulus never g=
      ets any closer than it is right now 85 light years away which is over one mi=
      llion times farther away than Jupiter. "But what does opposition mean anyway=
      ?", you might ask. Well it's really quite simple. Whenever a planet is at op=
      position it means that it is directly opposite the sun as seen in Earth's sk=
      y. And the outer planets are always at their closest, biggest and brightest =
      when they are at opposition. And if you think about it when a planet is oppo=
      site the Sun it should mean that it will be visible all the hours that the S=
      un is not.
      So next week just after the Sun sets in the west Jupiter will rise in the e=
      ast. But it will be easier to see if you wait for a couple of hours until it=
      's climbed a way above the horizon. Jupiter will continue to climb the heave=
      ns and reach its highest point at midnight and then will slowly descend towa=
      rd the west and will set just as the Sun rises in the east. And this pattern=
      will continue for a few weeks. And if you've never looked at Jupiter throug=
      h a telescope before, even the cheapest one will show you its marvelous band=
      s of weather encircling its middle. Plus you'll be able to watch the nightly=
      dance of its four biggest moons as they constantly orbit Jupiter and appear=
      to shuttle from one side of it to the other, always changing their position=
      from night to night. So get thee outside next week and start your Jupiter w=
      atch because Jupiter will be at its very best throughout the month of March.=
      Hail to the kings! And Keep Looking Up!
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      2/23/2004 thru 2/29/2004
      "King Of the Planets
      King Of the Constellations"
      Horkheimer: Next week the king of the planets Jupiter is at its biggest and=
      brightest for the entire year plus it pays a royal visit to the king of the=
      constellations Leo the Lion. Next Wednesday in early evening look east and =
      the brightest thing you'll see is Jupiter. And right beside him the stars wh=
      ich make up Leo, a backward question mark for his front and a triangle for h=
      is rear. His brightest star means "little king" but little it is not. A whop=
      ping 4.3 million miles wide, it dwarfs 88,000 mile wide Jupiter. Jupiter app=
      ears much brighter only because it is so much closer, 411 million miles away=
      compared to Regulus which is 85 light years beyond. Hail to the kings and K=
      eep Looking Up!
      Keep Looking Up!
      How did you like this episode?
      Please give us your comments. (Click Here)
      For GRAPHICS for this script (Click) Here
      For GRAPHICS for this script (Click) Here
      "Jack Horkheimer : Star Gazer" is underwritten by a grant from Meade Instru=
      ments, the world's largest manufacturer of telescopes for amateur astronomer=
      s. Meade telescopes automatically locate 1000's of celestial wonders at the =
      push of a button. It's astronomy made simple.
       
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      Ginny
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