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 Post subject: Where are the planets located in the night sky?
PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 12:40 pm 
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My partner and I have just purchased a telescope, and we have no idea where any of the planets are in the sky. Can anyone tell me which direction i should be pointing it?????
I was completely blown away by the moon and being capable to see the craters was amazing to me but the manual says we should be capable to see the rings of Saturn and all the moons of Jupiter and we really want to be capable to find them and show the kids, but we have no clue. Can someone please help us???
P.S We live in Newcastle


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 Post subject: Where are the planets located in the night sky?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:48 pm 
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go and buy a Planisphere (search on Amazon for one)

you can also download this free software onto your computer which will tell you what you can see and where you can see it.

http://www.stellarium.org/

there are also some good podcasts on astronomy, which will help you to learn and understand the stars and planets.

another good idea is buy the BBC Sky at Night magazine (subscribe is a good idea) which has a list of the things you can see on each day of each month it comes out.


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 Post subject: Where are the planets located in the night sky?
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 8:05 am 
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Planet differ than stars in a couple of ways.
1. They "wander" amongst the stars. If you see a *star* one night, and note its position relative to the stars, then see it again on another night, having moved slightly relative to the same star, you are looking at a planet.

2. They dont "twinkle" as much. Usually not at all, unless you have a lot of activity in your atmosphere or they are very close to the horizon.

The easiest way i do it i by going to thi safe website called stellaruium, download the free software, set your location, and you can find what planets are in the sky currently. If youre skeptical about using the internet, get familiar with the constellation. Especially the ones that lie close to the ecliptic. Any "out of place *star*" will be a planet... unless of course, you have the extreme fortune of happening across a supernova dont get your hopes up on that, though.


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 Post subject: Where are the planets located in the night sky?
PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 3:24 am 
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There are several websites providing information on the sky. I particularly like spaceweather.com. Also skyandtelescope.com is run by a magazine, and has plenty of information, including where the planets are. Heavens-above.com tells you about visible artificial satellites. You could also Google for "planetarium programs" or apps, as these can be downloaded to your computer and have it tell you.
BTW you wont see "all" Jupiters moons unless you just bought the Hubble Space Telescope. Ol Jupy has 63 moons, most very small and too dim for Earth-bound scopes. Youll just see the same four that Galileo discovered.



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