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Volume 21 -- Issue 1
January 2015

   Welcome to this issue of Qué tal. Here you will find useful observing information about the visible planets, our Moon and other moons, the Sun, as well as various 'things' celestial.
   Among these web pages you will find monthly star maps for either the northern or southern hemisphere that are suitable for printout. Animated images are utilized to illustrate celestial motions such as orbital motions of the planets, and other solar orbiting objects, or apparent and real motions along the ecliptic and the local horizon. Regular features include plotting the monthly positions of the visible planets using heliocentric coordinates; following moon phases; conjunctions; the sun's apparent motion and the Earth's real motion along the ecliptic.

   For additional useful Earth and Space news, information, and graphics follow my WordPress Blog at bobs-spaces, or as Tweets, or as an RSS feed.

   Click here to watch some of my video work posted on You Tube.

At A Glance: Welcome to this issue of Qué tal.
   During January there is an interesting alignment of planets at sunset that clearly shows the relationship between the ecliptic and the orbits of these planets and our Moon. The eight planets in our solar system have orbital paths near the ecliptic. From the southwest horizon to the east along the ecliptic are Mercury, Venus, Neptune, Mars, the waxing crescent Moon, and Uranus.
Jupiter rises before midnight and is over the western sunrise as Saturn rises in the east.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.

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