planet watch

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Volume 22 -- Issue 11
November 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 observing information and other useful Earth and Space news posted several times each week follow my WordPress Blog at bobs-spaces.

At A Glance: Welcome to this issue of Qué tal.
   This month there are at least three planets visible over the western horizon at sunset with Venus setting later and appearing higher each evening, and Mercury doing likewise as it moves out from superior conjunction. And the 'Red Planet' Mars is still visible over the southwestern horizon.
   Speaking of outer planets, Jupiter is over the eastern horizon before sunrise and Saturn is too low at sunset and is about a month away from solar conjunction.
   The closest Dwarf Planet, Ceres rises around sunset and is a few degrees from another Dwarf Planet, Eris.