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Volume 18 -- Issue 12
December 2012

   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.

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   At A Glance: During December the visible planets stay visible with Jupiter at opposition and visible all night, and Mars still visible but low over the western horizon at sunset. In the morning skies Mercury is very visible during the first week or so, Venus continues to shine brightly but is low over the eastern horizon at sunrise. Making up for this is Saturn as it becomes more and more visible as a bright 'morning star'. Watch for the waning Moon to stair step down from Spica to Venus and Mercury over a few days starting around the 8th.
   On a less than serious note the world will end on the day of the December solstice, the 21st.

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