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imported_Stephen
2003-Aug-20, 05:30 AM
For those of you wanting to know exactly where to find Mars in the sky, let me recomment SkyGlobe, a classic shareware planetarium program. It was written by Mark A Haney from KlassM software. B)

You can download the windows version (4.0) from http://astro4.ast.vill.edu/skyglobe.htm If that doesn't work :( , you can get the DOS version (3.6) from http://astronomy.trilobytes.com.au/ :)

It will tell you exactlly where to find Mars in the sky (and thousands of other stars, plannets, galaxies, and constelations), given your location and your choice of time.

SkyGlobe makes it easy to understand how the solar plane shifts in the sky over 24 hours, and throughout the year. My guess is that during the Mars opposition, Mars at midnight in Summer will appear in the sky where the Sun is at midday in Winter, and visa versa.

While playing with SkyGlobe, I've noticed that the moon will eclipse Mars next month. Mars won't be visable from Tokyo (at least) on September 09 2003 from about 7:10 pm to 8:25 pm (add an hour for daylight saving time if necessary)

I hope you like it as much as I do. :D