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Observe the Moon at the UTC Jones Observatory

The UTC Jones Observatory will open on Sunday October 8 to have a look at the first quarter Moon. To make the observation, the 20" telescope will be used.

Where are the planets in the sky? At sunrise, 6:30 am, you can see the planet Saturn over head. A little to the east of Saturn you will find Jupiter near the red star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus the bull. Near the horizon, you will find two bright stars, one red and the other blue white. The red one is Mars and the other is Regulus of Leo, located at the foot of the backward question mark. Mercury and Venus are on the western horizon at sunset.

For shuttle information, check http://www.heavens-above.com/ and enter the location for Chattanooga, which is 35 north latitude and 85 longitude. Pick USA Eastern for the time zone.

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