planet watch

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Volume 23 -- Issue 5
May 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 visible planets can satisfy both night and morning people as the planets are evenly divided with Jupiter rising late in the evening and being visible all night. Mars is the other evening planet but is visible over the western horizon at sunset. In the mornings before the Sun rises look eastward for Venus to be at its brightest this month. Mercury will be visible but low for much of the month, and further east over the southern horizon look for Saturn.
For those keeping track of lunar perigees the new Moon will be not quite 6 hours before its perigee making this new Moon the 'Super New Moon' of the year. Not that anyone will see it!