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Tonight, just after sunset, look to the southwest to see a thin crescent moon and Jupiter have an encounter in the constellation Libra.

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Before dawn on August 27th, look to the east to see a close encounter between Venus and Saturn in the constellation Cancer.
The two planets will be less than half-a-degree apart in the dawn sky at around 5:20 local time.
Venus shines brightly at magnitude -3.9: Saturn at magnitude 1.0 will be difficult to discern from the brightening dawn sky.

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Saturn is at magnitude 1.0
Diameter: 16.5 "
Position(2000): RA = 9h19m55.10s Dec = +16į27'28.4"


Venus is at magnitude -3.9
Diameter: 10.3 "
Position(2000): RA = 9h20m52.82s Dec = +16į27'51.2"


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Tomorrow morning, you can see Venus, Saturn and Mercury lined up with the thin crescent Moon in the constellation Cancer.

From london 2006-8-22-5h19m

Look to the east before dawn, around 5:20.

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JupAug06

August 5 - 12:07am - Ganymedeís shadow begins moving across Jupiterís face.
1:08am - Europa disappears behind Jupiterís limb.
August 6 - 10:08pm - Europa finishes moving across Jupiterís face.
10:09pm - Europaís shadow begins moving across Jupiterís face.
10:53pm - Io begins crossing Jupiterís face.
August 7 - 12:08am - Ioís shadow begins crossing Jupiterís face.
12:41am - Europaís shadow exits Jupiterís face.
1:01am - Io finishes moving across Jupiterís face.
11:30pm - Io reappears from Jupiterís shadow.
August 11 - 10:52pm - Ganymede begins to move across Jupiterís face.
August 12 - 12:58am - Ganymede exits face of Jupiter.
August 13 - 10:12pm - Europa begins moving across Jupiterís face.
August 14 - 12:47am - Europaís shadow begins to move across Jupiterís face.
12:48am - Io begins moving across Jupiterís face.
9:59pm - Io disappears behind Jupiterís limb.

JupAug06b

August 15 - 1:26am - Io reappears from Jupiterís shadow.
9:26pm - Io finishes moving across Jupiterís face.
10:04pm - Europa emerges from eclipse of Jupiterís shadow.
10:39pm - Ioís shadow finishes moving across Jupiterís face.
August 21 - 12:54am - Europa begins moving across Jupiterís face.
11:57pm - Io disappears behind Jupiterís limb.
August 22 - 9:54pm - Io begins moving across Jupiterís face.
10:14pm - Ganymede disappears into Jupiterís shadow.
10:26pm - Ioís shadow begins moving across Jupiterís face.
11:23pm - Io finishes transiting Jupiterís face.
August 23 - 12:05am - Ganymede emerges from Jupiterís shadow.
12:34am - Ioís shadow departs Jupiterís face.
12:39am - Europa emerges from Jupiterís shadow.
9:50pm - Io reappears from Jupiterís shadow.
August 29 - 9:20pm - Ganymede disappears behind Jupiterís limb.
10:22pm - Europa disappears behind Jupiterís limb
11:11pm - Io begins moving across Jupiterís face.
11:31pm - Ganymede reappears from Jupiterís shadow.
August 30 - 12:20am - Ioís shadow begins to move across Jupiterís face.
11:45pm - Io emerges from Jupiterís shadow.

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Tonight the moon is a couple of degrees to the lower left of the star Antares of the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion.

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To the ancient Chinese, Antares, was known as the Fire Star . It appears as a bright reddish star that rides relatively low in the south during summer.

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Neptune is putting on a good show year right now. It's just a few days from opposition, when it'll stand opposite the Sun in our sky. On August 10th, the planet rises around sunset and remains visible all night. It's near the eastern edge of Capricornus, near to the 4.3 mag star Iota Capricornii.

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Through a small telescope, it looks like a tiny blue star (angular size 2.2", magnitude 7.9).

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August will be a bad month for seeing the planets. Only Jupiter and Mars can be seen throughout the whole month. Venus and Mercury will be visible for the first part of August, and Saturn is too close to the Sun to be seen.

Mercury at magnitude 1.3, is in the constellation of Gemini, and will be visible in the Eastern morning sky during the first half of the month. At the start of the month it rises at 06:20 UT. The planet moves into Cancer on August 10, and into Leo on August 22.
Venus at magnitude - 3.9, is visible at the start of the month in the constellation of Gemini, low in the Eastern morning sky. At the start of the month the planet rises at 06:12 UT. Venus moves into Cancer on August 12 and into Leo on August 28.
Mars at magnitude 1.8 will be visible for the first hour or so of the night. At the start of the month it sets at 19:41 UT and at 19:20 UT by the end of the month. Mars is in the constellation of Leo, moving into Virgo on August 29.
Jupiter in the constellation of Libra, will be visible for the first half of the night. At the start of August it sets at 01:09 UT and at 23:25 UT by the end of the month. Jupiter will fade from magnitude Ė2.1 to Ė1.9 during the month.
Saturn, in the constellation of Cancer, is too close to the Sun to be seen.

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Re-entry times of Space junk.


Name Date Size
29122 SL-14 DEB 1985-108L CIS 2006-07-30 0.59
29153 SL-14 DEB 1985-108AN CIS 2006-07-31 0.1
29149 SL-14 DEB 1985-108AJ CIS 2006-08-04 0.21
29152 SL-14 DEB 1985-108AM CIS 2006-08-08 0.17
29220 SL-14 DEB 1985-108AU CIS 2006-08-10 0
29145 SL-14 DEB 1985-108AE CIS 2006-08-12 0.22
29263 SL-6 PLAT 2006-030D CIS 2006-08-19 2.89
29266 SL-6 DEB 2006-030F CIS 2006-08-26 0
28933 SUITSAT 2005-035C CIS 2006-08-26 0
29225 SL-14 DEB 1985-108AZ CIS 2006-08-27 0
29267 SL-6 DEB 2006-030G CIS 2006-08-29 0
29132 SL-14 DEB 1985-108W CIS 2006-08-31 0


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