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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.
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 starts with conjunctions involving the waxing crescent Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter however this is a
short-lived situation as the three planets move too close to the Sun to be visible for most of the month. Mars and Saturn are very visible
over the southern horizon at sunset and on dark skies contrast nicely with the glow of the Milky Way and the stars of the 'Scorpion' and 'Archer'.
There is an annular solar eclipse on the 1st that will be visible across central Africa, and then two weeks later a barely noticeable
penumbral luanar eclipse occuring again over the African continent and parts of Europe.
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