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Volume 21 -- Issue 7
July 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 Mars rises before sunrise however Mars remains close to the Sun and not easily seen until later this month. Look for Venus, and Jupiter to be very visible above the western horizon at sunset. Mercury is visible over the eastern horizon before sunrise, but moves behind the Sun and superior conjunction later in the month. Saturn rises during mid-evening and is visible above and to the right from the reddish star Antares. This month the New Horizons spacecraft flies past the Dwarf Planet Pluto. And while not visible to the unaided eye the Moon lies near Pluto on July 29th.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.net