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The following abbreviations are used in the planet ephemeris:

The constellation in which each of the planets will be seen (when they are visible) is shown in brackets, in its abbreviated (three-letter) format, as follows:


Aqr - Aquarius

Ari - Aries

Cap - Capricornus

Cet - Cetus*

Cnc - Cancer

Gem - Gemini

Leo - Leo

Lib - Libra

Oph - Ophiuchus

Ori - Orion*

Psc - Pisces

Sco - Scorpius

Sex - Sextans*

Sgr - Sagittarius

Tau - Taurus

Vir - Virgo

*Non-zodiac constellations

Having determined the constellation in which the planet is currently situated, the direction in which it rises and sets can be found using the accompanying rising and setting direction table.

The Naked Eye Planets in the Night Sky






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The star map includes the following constellations, listed alphabetically (zodiacal constellations are in green):-


Aqr - Aquarius (The Water-bearer)

Leo - Leo (The Lion)

Aql - Aquila (The Eagle)

Lep - Lepus (The Hare)

Ant - Antlia (The Air Pump)

Lib - Libra (The Scales)

Ari - Aries (The Ram)

Mon - Monoceros (The Unicorn)

Boo - Bo÷tes (The Herdsman)

Oph - Ophiuchus (The Serpent Bearer)

Cap - Capricornus (The Sea-Goat)

Ori - Orion (Orion, The Hunter)

Cet - Cetus (The Whale)

Peg - Pegasus (Pegasus, The Winged Horse)

CMa - Canis Major (The Greater Dog)

Psc - Pisces (The Fishes)

CMi - Canis Minor (The Lesser Dog)

PsA - Piscis Austrinus or Piscis Australis (The Southern Fish)

Cnc - Cancer (The Crab)

Pyx - Pyxis (The Mariner's Compass)

Com - Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair)

Scl - Sculptor (The Sculptor)

CrB - Corona Borealis (The Northern Crown)

Sco - Scorpius (The Scorpion)

Crt - Crater (The Cup)

Sct - Scutum (The Shield)

Crv - Corvus (The Crow)

Ser (to East of Oph) - Serpens Cauda (The Serpent's Tail)

Cyg - Cygnus (The Swan)

(to NW of Oph) - Serpens Caput (The Serpent's Head)

Del - Delphinus (The Dolphin)

Sex - Sextans (The Sextant)

Eri - Eridanus (The River Eridanus)

Sge - Sagitta (The Arrow)

For - Fornax (The Furnace)

Sgr - Sagittarius (The Archer)

Gem - Gemini (The Twins)

Tau - Taurus (The Bull)

Her - Hercules (Hercules, The Kneeler)

Vir - Virgo (The Virgin)

Hya - Hydra (The Water Snake)

Vul - Vulpecula (The Fox)


The Naked-eye Planets in the Night Sky

The Movements & Visibility Cycles of the Naked-eye Planets



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Copyright  Martin J Powell  2007