planet watch

    Astronomy web links
    used with my classes.
    Click here.

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Volume 23 -- Issue 7
July 2017

   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 the morning skies are still dominated by Venus shining brightly over the eastern horizon. Its companion inner planet Mercury has moved to the evening skies and is daily moving east away from the Sun becoming more visible. Mars will be close to Mercury for the first few days of the month but will move into superior conjunction by the end of the month. The two giant outer planets grace the night skies with Jupiter over the southern to southwestern horizon at sunset and Saturn becoming more visible over the eastern to southern horizon at sunset.

Total Solar Eclipse 21 August 2017

What will the solar eclipse look like from where you live?
Click here to go to the Time and Date web site to find out.