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Volume 20 -- Issue 7
July 2014

   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 July Earth reaches aphelion, its most distant point from the Sun. The two inner planets, Mercury and Venus are visible above the eastern horizon as the Sun rises. Mars and Saturn remain visible above the west southwest horizon at sunset. Jupiter is now too close to the Sun and will not be visible until it reappears in the morning skies next month.
Be sure to orbit over to Bobs Spaces for near daily updates.

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