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Volume 22 -- Issue 4
April 2016

   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.

At A Glance: Welcome to this issue of Qué tal.
   This month Mercury and Jupiter are the only evening planets with Mercury making its best evening appearance for observers at mid-northern latitudes, and Jupiter shining brightly over the southern horizon at sunset local time. The other three visible planets, not including the Earth, are visible in the morning skies before sunrise. Venus is unmistakenly bright as it rises but it is low above the horizon. Mars and Saturn, and the reddish star Antares, all rise around midnight local time and are over the southern horizon at sunrise.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.net