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Volume 20 -- Issue 12
December 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.

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At A Glance: Welcome to this issue of Qué tal.
   During December three planets distance themselves from the Sun and start becoming visible. Watch for Mercury and Venus in the evening skies as both are moving eastward out from superior conjunction, however best viewing will be toward month's end. Saturn is on the oppsoite side of the Sun, west, from the two inner planets and during this month reappears in the morning skies before sunrise. Mars remains visible but low above the western horizon at sunset. Jupiter rises before midnight local time and is high above the southern horizon at sunrise.
For more observing information visit Bobs-Spaces.
A comet is coming!
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

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

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