|The Planet Quiz Show|
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are usually brighter than the stars in their immediate neighborhood. Planets also shine with a steady light. Stars, especially on a windy night, will appear to twinkle very rapidly, while a planet in the same area of the sky will twinkle very slowly. The specialized word used by astronomers for twinkling is scintillation.
|The moon and Mercury meet briefly after a beautiful sunset near Coopersburg, PA. on January 9, 2008. Mercury can be found just below tree level, right of center in the picture. Gary A. Becker image...|
|Where is the planet Saturn? This picture of the constellation of Capricornus, the Sea Goat, was taken by Gary A. Becker on November 4, 1991 at 7:30 p.m. Can you find the planet Saturn in the image? Scroll down to the next picture which is a star map for that date to see of you were correct.|
|The stars and planets as they appeared on November 4, 1991 at 7:30 p.m... I'll bet you knew which one was Saturn all along.|