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jacobcoburn

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I'm working on a project for Boy Scouts and I have search many websites for the last five days. I can't seem to find out when the following Planets are going to be visible during the next 12 months: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury. Thanks for any help you can give me.<br />
 
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MeteorWayne

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Where are you? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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try using http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/javascript/3305541.html<br /><br />If you click on 'almanac' and then 'click here' in the pop up window, it will show you what planets are visible in the evening and morning. You can then either click "+ 1 week" to move through each week of the year, or if you look in the scroll down box you can make a note of the dates when jupiter/mars/saturn reach opposition (those are the best dates to see them) and when Mercury and Venus are at greatest illumination (those are the best dates to see them). <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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doubletruncation

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As per MeteorWayne's question - you should change the location in the almanac program to match your own (the default is Cambridge, MA where Sky and Telescope magazine is based). <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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jacobcoburn

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I am in Connellys Springs, North Carolina. And thanks for the help... I was about to give up
 
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MeteorWayne

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For your purposes, I think what doubletruncation suggests is probably the best.<br /><br />Pick the nearest large city, exact location is not critical, and it's easier that way. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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jacobcoburn

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Guys I don't belive it! I found everything I needed at that site. Thanks for your help.
 
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MeteorWayne

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Great!<br />That's why we pay "The Astronomer" big bucks <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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