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Volume 22 -- Issue 7
July 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.

   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.

At A Glance: Welcome to this issue of Qué tal.
   This month watch for the two inner planets, Mercury and Venus, to become more visible over the western horizon at sunset toward the last half of the month. Also in the evening sky over the southwesthern horizon is the planet Jupiter. Mars and Saturn are both rising in the east, with Mars in the lead, and both are visible the remainder of the night hours.
For those keeping track the Earth reaches its most distant point from the Sun, aphelion, on July 4th.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.net