Thursday, April 6, 2017

What celestial objects will be visible during the August 2017 Solar Eclipse?

Using a freeware star program called Stellarium, I was able to set the time and date to the Great American Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2017) and removing the "atmosphere" found out that there will be at least three planets visible (Mercury, Mars, and Venus) and as a bonus, the Orion constellation and the Orion Nebula should be visible as well !  Here is a screen capture (click on the link below the photo it to get a larger view)

Here is a close up of the area around the Sun at that time: (Note the bright star of Regulus is just to the left of the Sun/Moon)

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