CLICKS (15) CMO #233


Mars has passed conjunction

@ In the preceding issue, the present column showed an image of LASCO C3 taken on 6 June where the planet was close to the Sun (still separated by 31 minutes in longitude). That was cited from the SoHO Web-Site:

@ The planet Mars was at conjunction with the Sun on 1 July 2000, and since then Mars is expected to shine in the morning sky. The LASCO image here is the one on 7 July, where Mars is seen to be already to the west of the Sun.

@ On the same day, Mercury was in conjunction with Mars at 3h GMT (separated by 540' in latitude) as seen on the image.

@ We note here that the 7th day of the 7th month (July) has been known in the Orient as the lovers' day when two Stars are allowed to meet once a year. The traditional story is about alpha Lyr (Vega) and alpha Aql (Altair) which are isolated by the Milky Way. Vega is regarded as a Weaver in the Orient and the 7th of July is a festal day of the Weaver Star (by the lunar calendar in China and Taiwan). Unfortunately, none of Ares and Hermes is a woman however.
@ In the preceding issue, TSUNEMACHI introduced several URLs to click concerning the SoHO since the activity of the Sun is near at the height at present. TSUNEMACHI chose the image on 6 June because a big CME (Colonal Mass Ejection) was observed on the day and it was expected it could reach the Earth in the following days as cautioned in

@ Recently on 14 July one of the greatest CME ever known started to rise and gave a shock of snowstorm to the LASCO, (and a Japanese X-ray Astronomical Satellite called ASCA which has been at work since 1993 became out of control). See also WHITBY's LtE.

@ These items of News can be traced through
as well as through the Web-Site of the Space Environment Center (SEC):