planet watch

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Volume 22 -- Issue 9
September 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 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.