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Volume 21 -- Issue 9
September 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 much of the planet viewing will be in the morning skies, well at least three fifths. In the morning skies look for the very bright planet Venus, with a considerably dimmer Mars down to the left, and then lower still, but above the horizon, the second brightest planet, Jupiter. In the evening skies look for Saturn above the southwestern horizon and the much lower innermost planet Mercury. The full Moon this month is at its closest perigee distance and so will be the largest appearing full Moon of the year, and less than 3 hours later will be moving through the Earth's shadow for a total lunar eclipse visible across much of North and South America.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.net