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    My Journey through the Astronomical Year

    Think of this as a "companion text" to this, the main web site. Not required reading, butI hope you'll find it interesting and helpful.

Where we are on our journey – April 2009

where_we_are040409Space Station Earth is shown in relation to the Sun, and the three other inner planets. The portion of each orbit above the plane of the ecliptic is drawn in blue, the portion below in green.Images is from “Solar System Live.” And here’s where we’ll be in 15 days – note, in particular, the progress of Mercury.

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From the same source, here are the technical details for the Sun and all the planets onApril 3, 2009.

 Right                   Distance    From 47°N 7°E:
            Ascension    Declination      (AU)   Altitude Azimuth
Sun          0h 51m  3s    +5° 28.3'     1.000    47.705   13.849 Up
Mercury      1h  5m 18s    +6° 18.3'     1.319    49.006    8.734 Up
Venus        0h  0m 19s    +7° 57.5'     0.289    46.680   32.727 Up
Moon         7h 51m 27s   +21° 58.7'   57.1 ER    12.119 -109.329 Up
Mars        23h  7m 10s    -6° 55.7'     2.174    27.673   40.352 Up
Jupiter     21h 28m 41s   -15° 30.5'     5.600     7.700   57.274 Up
Saturn      11h 13m 41s    +7° 26.1'     8.496   -27.923 -141.543 Set
Uranus      23h 38m 26s    -3°  7.6'    21.035    34.356   33.909 Up
Neptune     21h 52m 12s   -13° 18.9'    30.689    12.793   53.859 Up
Pluto       18h 13m 14s   -17° 39.3'    31.423   -25.525   91.105 Set
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