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Volume 22 -- Issue 5
May 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 the highlight for planet viewing is probably the transit of the Sun by Mercury on 9 May. Venus is appproaching superior conjunction early next month and is currently too close to the Sun to be visible. Mars is at opposition this month and a few days after opposition Mars will be at its closest to the Earth this time around the Sun. Both Jupiter and Saturn are visible in the east-southeast skies after sunset.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.net