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How to find astronomy’s handiest reference point – the ecliptic

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What you want

Clear evening skies

A telescope (elective)

Any good astronomy app (elective)

OVER the course of a 12 months, the solar traces a path in the sky. This invisible line, known as the ecliptic, isn’t created by the solar shifting, however as a substitute by Earth travelling round the solar.

The photo voltaic system’s planets all orbit in an analogous aircraft to Earth because it circles the solar – the largest distinction is Mercury, which is out by about 7 levels. This means they’ll all be seen alongside the ecliptic in the evening sky. The ecliptic can also be the place the zodiacal constellations are discovered and the place …

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