Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages


The Deep Sky: An Introduction


Eclipse!


The Illustrated Timeline of the Universe


The Space Shuttle


Star Ware, 4th edition


Star Watch


Touring the Universe Through Binoculars

 

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars

Chapter 3.  The Planets

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Topics covered

 

    The view of each planet in our solar system is discussed, including the following highlights:

  • Viewing the phases of Venus

  • Viewing Jupiter's four major moons

  • Spotting Saturn's rings and moon Titan

  • Finding Uranus and Neptune

 

Chapter 3 updates

  • Page 30:

Table 3.1.  Oppositions of Mars: 2010-2025

 

Date

RA

(h  m)

  Dec (  ')

  Magnitude

  Diameter (")

  Distance (AU)

Opposition

Closest approach to earth

2010 Jan 29

2010 Jan 27

08 54

+22 09

-1.3

14.1

0.66

2012 Mar  3

2012 Mar  5

11 52

+10 17

-1.2

13.9

0.67

2014 Apr  8

2014 Apr 14

13 14

-05 08

-1.5

15.2

0.62

2016 May 22

2016 May 30

15 58

-21 39

-2.1

18.6

0.50

2018 Jul 27

2018 Jul 31

20 33

-25 30

-2.8

24.3

0.38

2020 Oct 13

2020 Oct  6

01 22

+05 26

-2.6

22.6

0.41

2022 Dec  8

2022 Dec  1

04 59

+25 00

-1.9

17.2

0.54

2025 Jan 16

2025 Jan 12

07 56

+25 07

-1.4

14.2

0.64

 

 

 

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