planet watch

    Astronomy web links
    used with my classes.
    Click here.

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    Peon, one of the original Scifi FanZines.
Volume 23 -- Issue 10
October 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.
   Not much in the way of planet viewing this month, although the morning skies are still dominated by Venus shining brightly over the eastern horizon in the hours before sunrise. Mars join Venus in a very close conjunction on the 5th. Saturn is visible but low over the southwestern horizon at sunset. Jupiter is lost in the Sun's glare and is in solar conjunction near the end of the month. The innermost planet, Mercury, moves into superior conjunction and starts becoming visible in the evening skies by the end of the month.

Total Lunar Eclipse 31 January 2018
What will the total lunar eclipse look like from where you live?
Click here to go to the Hermit Eclipse web site to find out.