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Volume 20 -- Issue 10
October 2014

   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 useful Earth and Space news, information, and graphics follow my WordPress Blog at bobs-spaces, or as Tweets, or as an RSS feed.

   Click here to watch some of my video work posted on You Tube.

At A Glance: Welcome to this issue of Qué tal.
   During October both inner planets, Mercury and Venus, are not visible. Mercury is at inferior conjunction while Venus is at superior conjunction. Mars is low over the southwestern horizon and sets a couple of hours after the Sun sets. Saturn moves into conjunction with the Sun later this month as it transitions from the evening skies to the morning skies. Jupiter remains the easiest of the visible planets to see as it rises around midnight local time and is visible over the southwestern horizon at sunrise.

   Qué tal Theater: "There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars"

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