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Volume 21 -- Issue 12
December 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.
   This month will be a chance to see all visible planets and possibly a comet. Mercury is the only evening planet and the innermost planet should be visible for most of the month after the first week of December. In the morning skies Jupiter, Mars, and Venus all remain visible and these three planets will be joined by Saturn later in the month. However the highlight of monthly viewing could be Comet Catalina as it travels north past Venus on the 7th and the star Arcturus on New Year day.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.net