planet watch

    Astronomy web links
    used with my classes.
    Click here.

    Click here to read or
    download scanned copies of
    Peon, one of the original Scifi FanZines.
Volume 20 -- Issue 8
August 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 August Jupiter becomes visible over the eastern horizon at sunset while Venus becomes less visible as it moves closer to the Sun each day. Watch for them to be one degree aprt on the 18th. Mercury reappears over the western horizon at sunset this month joining Mars and Saturn as the evening planets. The peak night for the Perseid Meteor shower on the 12th is unfortunately 2 days after full Moon so observers will have to contend with some interference from moonlight.

   Qué tal Theater: Then There Was Voyager

Tell someone about Qué tal? in the Current Skies. Click here.