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    Re: lunar attempt
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 May 7, 15:37 -0400

    Doug, if you are on a Windows box look at "Skymap" and "MyStars!". They are 
    two planetarium programs for Windows that can display a lot more than just 
    stars, and both are available in free demo downloads that are quite useable.
    
    If I haven't bumbled something (like time zones for that 39/120 location) 
    Skymap shows me that the moon will be in Virgo on 5/11 at 10PM local time. 
    With Regulus at mag 1.30, ahead of it on the ecliptic at RA 10h 8m 32.30s, 
    Dec. +11d 57m 9.3s, Alt 62d 6m 52s, Az 185d 11m 9s.
    And Jupiter at magnitude -2 about twice as far from the moon as Regulus, still on the ecliptic.
    And Spica at mg 1.20 about the same distance from the moon as Regulus, but in 
    the opposite direction, at RA 13h 25m 22.32s, Dec -11d 10m 46.3s, Alt 23d 8m 
    38s, Az 129d 1m 48s.
    
    Further above the ecliptic, Arcturus and Denebola will be visible. Saturn will 
    also be visible about 3x further past Jupiter, on the ecliptic.
    
    All that's assuming I haven't mucked something up in display choices 
    here...but for a free download and free trial, I'd suggest getting one of 
    these two and taking a look. There's similar software for Palms and 
    PocketPC's as well, of course.
    
    
    

       
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