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Volume 21 -- Issue 8
August 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 there is a shift in planet viewing from the evening skies to the morning skies. From the northern hemisphere Saturn remains the only easily seen visible planet. Mercury is also in the evening skies but is positioned so low over the western horizon that viewers from the southern hemisphere will have the best view of Mercury. Both Venus and Jupiter are too close to the Sun to be seen this month, leaving Mars as the only morning planet - at least for part of this month. The annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on the thirteenth and should be a good display with no interference from the Moon.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.net