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    Re: 5-8 bodies lined up
    From: Peter Smith
    Date: 1997 Dec 03, 11:08 AM

    Patrick  asked:
    > What are their names and where do I look?
    
    Low in the southwest at twilight this evening .  With the unaided
    eye, you can easily make out the Moon, Mars, Venus, and Jupiter
    within an outstreached handbreadth of eachother. Mercury is there, too,
    if you know where to look. While not visible to the naked eye,
    Uranus and Neptune are also in the same part of the sky. So,all the
    planets except Saturn and Pluto are within 37 degrees of eachother,
    and even Pluto isn't far off, being almost conjoined with the just-
    set sun.
    
    Here's the situation tonight (2200h GMT) as seen from the NE USA.
    
    Body      R.A.     Dec        Az       Alt    VMag
    
    Jupiter 21h 19m  -16d 35'  194d 29'  30d 33'  -2.2
    Uranus  20h 33m  -19d 24'  205d 27'  24d 54'   5.8
    Neptune 20h 00m  -20d 11'  212d 55'  21d 11'   8.0
    Venus   19h 50m  -23d 48'  213d 27'  16d 54'  -5.6
    Moon    20h 01m  -16d 49'  214d 21'  23d 24'   -11
    Mars    19h 22m  -23d 21'  219d 27'  14d 14'   0.8
    Mercury 18h 10m  -25d 13'  231d 52'   3d 13'  -2.1
    Pluto   16h 23m   -9d 32'  260d 51'  -3d 16'  13.8
    
    
    Last night was crystal clear here in Massachusetts and the view at
    around 17:30 local time was so lovely as to substantially diminish
    the foul mood I had left work in.
    --
    Peter Smith -- psmith{at}wellspring.us.dg.com
    Data General Corp., Westboro, Massachusetts  (for whom I do not speak)
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