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Mountain Skies: Dark Skies For The Geminid Meteor Shower


December 3, 2018

The Planets

While it was nice back in the summer to locate the planets all in a line in the evening sky, they may seem to move around randomly. Of course, there is nothing random about their movements; ancient astronomers and math-ematicians have been able to plot their orbits and predict their appearances for centuries. But, for the casual viewer, their locations and movements demand a bit of attention to the dynamics of the solar system.

Let’s start with the two planets in our evening sky. Mars has been visible after sunset since late in the summer. It is that bright orange obje...

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