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This shows the current positions of the Sun, Moon and all the planets against the background of the stars.  The little white triangles indicate the actual point occupied by the object.   Stars are shown in their correct positions (but in a flat projection, not spherical as we see it in the sky) with an attempt to reflect the relative brightness, and planet names are abbreviated so that they don't take up too much room, eg Me=Mercury, Ma=Mars etc.

The display is "real time" - if you come back or refresh the page some hours later the Moon will have moved and you may be able to detect movement for the Sun and Mercury.

Checked on current & recent web browsers :
Mac : Safari.
SUSE Linux : Mozilla 1.7.12, Epiphany 1.8.0, FireFox 1.0.7 & Konquerer 3.4.2.
Windows : IE 5.5 & 6, Firefox 1 & 1.5, Netscape 6 & 7, Mozilla 1.2.1, Opera 7, 8 & 8.5.

So if it doesn't work for you, please let me know - you might need to turn on Javascript etc.
my Email.

JK.

2003.01.01 : Added the "Hints" on and off buttons.

2000.01.13 : Found the starmap was off slightly and that Netscape 4 is three pixels out because of the border - but it is still pretty close.



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