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Volume 22 -- Issue 3
March 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 four planets are still visible at sunrise, but they are spread out across nearly the entire sky from Jupiter in the southwest to Venus low in the southeast. Rising before Venus, and further over the southeast horizon, is Saturn with the reddish star Antares just to its right, to the west. A few degrees higher toward the east, near the pincers of Scorpio the Scorpion is the 'red planet' Mars. Mercury is too close to the Sun to be easily seen, and by the last week of March Mercury will reach superior conjunction, which places it on the opposite side of the Sun.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.net