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Volume 19 -- Issue 11
November 2013

   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.
   Mercury begins the month at inferior conjunction, but by mid-month is rising an hour before the Sun. Watch Venus in the evening as it skims across the top of the teapot-shaped Sagittarius. Both Mars and Jupiter rise around midnight local time and both are well placed for observing before sunrise. Saturn makes a reappearance in the morning skies this month as it slowly becomes more visible above the eastern horizon at sunrise. There is an interesting and unusual solar eclipse this month - a hybrid eclipse that begins as an annular solar eclipse, then becomes a total solar eclipse before ending.
   In the United States on 3 November remember to set your clocks back to return to Standard Time.

   Qué tal Theater:4 Rooms - Earth View

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