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Introduction to Astronomy


Ecliptic Photo


This relatively rare convergence of (from top to bottom) Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury occurred on March 3, 1999. The nearly linear arrangment with the setting Sun clearly demonstrates that the planets lie close to the ecliptic.

This photo was taken on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and is included here courtesy of Rick Scott.

The star chart background was produced on a Macintosh with the Voyager II program, and are ©1988-93 Carina Software, 830 Williams St., San Leandro, CA 94577, (510) 352-7328. Used under license.

©1999 Scott R. Anderson
Last update: 1999 March 30
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