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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

 

Thursday June 24 to Thursday July 1

The Full Moon is Friday, June 25. Saturn and Jupiter are visible late in the evening sky and are visited by the waning Moon on the 27th and 28th, with lineups on the 26th and 29th. Venus is readily visible in the evening twilight and is coming closer to Mars. Mars is in front of the Beehive cluster on June 24. Mercury rises higher in the morning sky.

The Full Moon is Friday, June 25.

Evening sky on Sunday, June 27 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 23:00 pm ACST (just before midnight). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the late evening sky with the waning Moon close to Saturn. On the 26th the Moon forms a line with the pair, on the 28th the Moon is close to Jupiter and on the 29th the three are in a line again.
The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (just before midnight), click to embiggen.
 
Whole sky at 18:44 ACST  (90 minutes after
sunset), on Saturday, June 26 as seen from 
Adelaide
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.
 
 
Evening twilight sky on Thursday, June 24 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:44 ACST (90 minutes after sunset).
Mars is in front of the Beehive cluster on the 24th. You will require binoculars to see this. The inset shows the approximate binocular view of mars and the beehive at this time
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (90minutes after sunset, click to embiggen). 

Evening twilight sky on Saturday, June 26 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:13 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus is low above the horizon. Venus is coming closer to Mars.


 
 
 
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Morning twilight sky at 6:24 ACST (60 minutes before sunrise), on Saturday, June 26 facing east as seen from Adelaide. 
 
Mercury is visible below the bright star Aldebaran.
 
 
 
 
 
 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time  (45 minutes before sunrise)
 

Mercury returns to the morning twilight this week, rising below the bright star Aldebaran, and is now easy to see an hour before sunrise.

Venus is becoming more visible in the twilight.  I have been able to see Venus from 15 minutes after sunset and it is easily seen 60 minutes after sunset.  Venus is coming closer to Mars in the mid-twilight.

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is coming closer to Venus. Mars is in front of the Beehive cluster on the 24th. You will require binoculars to see this. Just find Mars and the cluster will be easily visible in binoculars.
   
Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon well before midnight. Jupiter is visited by the waning Moon on the 28th. On the 29th the line up is Saturn Jupiter and the Moon. 
 
 Saturn is now rising well around 8pm.  It is still best in the morning sky and is easily seen near Jupiter above the north-western horizon Saturn is visited by the waning Moon on the 27th. On the 26th the line up is the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter.
 
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.


 

Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to the current time.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/ 






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Friday, June 18, 2021

 

Some Nice Iss Passes Over theNext Few days (18-24 June,2021)

The ISS as seen from Sydney  on the evening of  Monday 21 June  at 17:38 AEST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS  as seen from Adelaide on the evening of  Saturday 19 June at 18:43 ACST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.The ISS as seen from Perth on the evening of  Sunday 20 June at 17:38 AWST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen.
All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for Monday 21 June for Sydney.All sky chart showing local  times from Heavens Above for Saturday 19 June for Adelaide.All sky chart showing local times from Heavens Above for  Sunday 20 June for Perth.

If it is not bucketing down rain where you are, over the next few days there are a series of  bright ISS passes in the late evening twilight/early evening. The ISS passes close to Mars and Venus and close to the Southern cross and pointers. As well there a number of passes close to bright stars. 

The following tables are from data provided from Heavens Above. Particularly impressive passes are highlighted.

Passes from Adelaide (ACST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
17 Jun-2.218:38:3510°N18:40:5423°NE18:40:5423°NEvisible
18 Jun-1.517:52:2910°NNE17:54:0513°NE17:55:4210°Evisible
18 Jun-1.419:27:1310°WNW19:28:5125°WNW19:28:5125°WNWvisible
19 Jun-3.818:39:4110°NW18:43:0686°NE18:43:4357°SEvisible
20 Jun-3.117:52:2910°NNW17:55:4244°NE17:58:3013°ESEvisible
20 Jun-1.019:30:0710°W19:31:2916°WSW19:31:2916°WSWvisible
21 Jun-2.218:42:0310°W18:45:0629°SW18:46:1224°Svisible
22 Jun-3.017:54:1610°WNW17:57:3550°SW18:00:5111°SEvisible
23 Jun-1.218:45:3510°WSW18:47:2213°SSW18:48:2512°Svisible
24 Jun-1.617:57:1010°W17:59:4319°SSW18:02:1710°SSEvisible


Passes from Brisbane (AEST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
17 Jun-3.018:40:4010°NNW18:43:4735°NE18:43:5435°NEvisible
18 Jun-1.917:54:0310°N17:56:2919°NE17:58:5110°Evisible
18 Jun-1.419:30:0310°WNW19:31:5023°W19:31:5023°Wvisible
19 Jun-3.318:42:1710°WNW18:45:3756°SW18:46:4237°SSEvisible
20 Jun-3.717:54:4910°NW17:58:1273°NE18:01:2911°SEvisible
20 Jun-0.719:33:5010°WSW19:34:2811°SW19:34:2811°SWvisible
21 Jun-1.518:45:1210°W18:47:4419°SW18:49:1115°Svisible
22 Jun-2.217:57:0610°WNW18:00:1030°SW18:03:1510°SSEvisible
24 Jun-1.118:00:5510°WSW18:02:2412°SSW18:03:5410°Svisible


Passes from Darwin (ACT)

None in this time frame

Passes from Hobart (AEST) 

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
18 Jun-1.318:25:0910°NNE18:25:5112°NNE18:25:5112°NNEvisible
19 Jun-1.319:12:3210°NW19:13:4320°NW19:13:4320°NWvisible
20 Jun-2.918:25:2210°NNW18:28:3037°NE18:28:3037°NEvisible
21 Jun-2.117:38:3110°N17:41:1422°NE17:43:1314°Evisible
21 Jun-1.519:14:2910°WNW19:16:1226°W19:16:1226°Wvisible
22 Jun-3.818:26:5710°WNW18:30:2281°SSW18:30:5163°SEvisible
23 Jun-3.517:39:3510°NW17:42:5762°NE17:45:2717°ESEvisible
23 Jun-1.219:16:5710°W19:18:2520°WSW19:18:2520°WSWvisible
24 Jun-2.718:29:1110°W18:32:2537°SSW18:32:5834°Svisible
25 Jun-3.217:41:3110°WNW17:44:5352°SSW17:47:2816°SEvisible
25 Jun-0.819:19:3510°WSW19:20:2614°SW19:20:2614°SWvisible
26 Jun-2.018:31:4610°WSW18:34:3723°SSW18:34:5523°Svisible


Passes from Melbourne (AEST)
Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
17 Jun-1.419:09:4710°NNW19:10:5518°N19:10:5518°Nvisible
18 Jun-2.018:23:0910°N18:25:3418°NE18:25:5118°ENEvisible
19 Jun-1.317:37:5210°NE17:38:2110°NE17:38:5110°ENEvisible
19 Jun-2.619:11:1610°NW19:13:4343°WNW19:13:4343°WNWvisible
20 Jun-3.618:23:5510°NW18:27:1660°NE18:28:3034°ESEvisible
21 Jun-2.717:36:5010°NNW17:39:5532°NE17:43:0210°ESEvisible
21 Jun-1.919:13:4410°W19:16:1226°SW19:16:1226°SWvisible
22 Jun-2.818:25:5510°WNW18:29:1243°SW18:30:5124°SSEvisible
23 Jun-3.617:38:1910°NW17:41:4374°SW17:45:1010°SEvisible
23 Jun-1.119:17:0010°WSW19:18:2514°SSW19:18:2514°SSWvisible
24 Jun-1.618:28:4710°WSW18:31:2320°SSW18:32:5815°Svisible
25 Jun-2.117:40:4710°W17:43:4628°SSW17:46:4810°SSEvisible
26 Jun-1.118:32:2810°SW18:33:4612°SSW18:34:5510°Svisible

Passes from Perth (AWST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
17 Jun-3.018:40:4010°NNW18:43:4735°NE18:43:5435°NEvisible
18 Jun-1.917:54:0310°N17:56:2919°NE17:58:5110°Evisible
18 Jun-1.419:30:0310°WNW19:31:5023°W19:31:5023°Wvisible
19 Jun-3.318:42:1710°WNW18:45:3756°SW18:46:4237°SSEvisible
20 Jun-3.717:54:4910°NW17:58:1273°NE18:01:2911°SEvisible
20 Jun-0.719:33:5010°WSW19:34:2811°SW19:34:2811°SWvisible
21 Jun-1.518:45:1210°W18:47:4419°SW18:49:1115°Svisible
22 Jun-2.217:57:0610°WNW18:00:1030°SW18:03:1510°SSEvisible
24 Jun-1.118:00:5510°WSW18:02:2412°SSW18:03:5410°Svisible

 
Passes from Sydney (AEST)

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
17 Jun-1.219:09:4110°NW19:10:5421°NW19:10:5421°NWvisible
18 Jun-3.618:22:2210°NNW18:25:4155°NE18:25:5154°ENEvisible
19 Jun-2.517:35:2310°NNW17:38:2128°NE17:40:4314°ESEvisible
19 Jun-1.019:12:1710°W19:13:4318°WSW19:13:4318°WSWvisible
20 Jun-2.718:24:2310°WNW18:27:3740°SW18:28:3033°Svisible
21 Jun-3.617:36:4510°NW17:40:0975°SW17:43:1312°SEvisible
22 Jun-1.418:27:3510°WSW18:29:4816°SSW18:30:5114°Svisible
23 Jun-1.917:39:2010°W17:42:1224°SW17:45:0410°SSEvisible
25 Jun-1.017:43:2810°SW17:44:3111°SSW17:45:3310°Svisible

 

When and what you will see is VERY location dependent, so you need to use  Heavens Above  to get site specific predictions for your location, a small difference in location can mean the difference between the ISS passing over a star or planet or missing it completely. As always, start looking several minutes before the pass is going to start to get yourself oriented and your eyes dark adapted. Be patient, there may be slight differences in the time of the ISS appearing due to orbit changes not picked up by the predictions. Use the most recent prediction for your site.

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Monday, June 14, 2021

 

Thursday June 17 to Thursday June 24

The First Quarter Moon is Friday, June 18. Earth is at solstice on the 21st. Saturn and Jupiter are visible late in the evening sky. Venus is visible in the evening twilight and is coming closer to Mars. Mars is in front of the Beehive cluster on June 23 and 24. Mercury enters the morning sky.

The First Quarter Moon is Friday, June 18. The Moon is at perigee, when it is closest t the Earth, on the 23rd. Earth is at solstice on the 21st, when the day is shortest.

Evening sky on Saturday, 
June 19 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 23:00 pm ACST (just before midnight). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the late evening sky.
 
The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. 
  
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (just before midnight), click to embiggen.
 
Whole sky at 18:42 ACST  (90 minutes after
sunset), on Saturday, June 19 as seen from 
Adelaide
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.
 
Evening twilight sky on Saturday, June 19 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 18:11 ACST (60 minutes after sunset). Venus is low above the horizon. Venus is coming closer to Mars.

Mars is in front of the Beehive cluster on the 23rd and 24th. You will require binoculars to see this.
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (60minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Morning sky at 6:38 ACST (45 minutes before sunrise), on Thursday, June 24 facing east as seen from Adelaide. 
 
Mercury is visible below the bright star Aldebaran.
 
 
 
 
 
 Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time  (45 minutes before sunrise)
 

Mercury returns to the morning twilight this week, rising below the bright star Aldebaran, but it will be difficult to see until the end of the week.

Venus is becoming more visible low in the twilight.  I have been able to see Venus from 15 minutes after sunset and it is easily seen 60 minutes after sunset.  Venus is coming closer to Mars in the mid-twilight.

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is coming closer to Venus. Mars is in front of the Beehive cluster on the 23rd and 24th. You will require binoculars to see this. Just find Mars and the cluster will be easily visible in binoculars.
   
Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon well before midnight.
 
 Saturn is now rising well around 8pm.  It is still best in the morning sky and is easily seen near Jupiter above the north-western horizon
 
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.


 

Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to the current time.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/ 






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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

 

Planet dance of Venus, Mars and the crescent Moon (12-14 June, 2021)

Evening twilight sky on Saturday June 12 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 17:54 ACST (45 minutes after sunset). Venus is low above the horizon close to the thin crescent Moon. The pair will fit easily into the field of view of 10x50 binoculars. Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).Evening twilight sky on Sunday June 13 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 17:54 ACST (45 minutes after sunset). Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).Evening twilight sky on Monday June 14 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 17:54 ACST (45 minutes after sunset). Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).


On the weekend and extending to Monday, weather permitting, there will be a delightful planet dance where the crescent Moon visits first Venus and then Mars. 

Venus and the Moon can be easily seen from as soon as 15 minutes after sunset, but you may have to wait until 45 minutes after sunset to see Mars clearly. You will need a level unobstructed horizon to see Venus at its best. 

On the 12th Venus is close to the Moon, the pair will fit easily into the field of view of 10x50 binoculars and may even fit into wide field telescope eye-pieces. On the 13th the crescent Moon is now between Venus and Mars and on the 14th the moon is close to Mars. 

Definitely worth a look.

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Monday, June 07, 2021

 

Thursday June 10 to Thursday June 17

The New Moon is Thursday, June 10. Saturn and Jupiter are visible late in the evening sky. Venus is visible in the evening twilight and is close to the crescent moon on the 12th. Mars forms a line with the bright stars Castor and Pollux and is bracketed by the Moon on the 13th and 14th.

The New Moon is Thursday, June 10.

Evening sky on Saturday June 12 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 23:59 pm ACST (just before midnight). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the late evening sky.
 
The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. 
  
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (just before midnight), click to embiggen.
Whole sky at 18:41 ACST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, June 12 as seen from 
Adelaide
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.
 
Evening twilight sky on Saturday June 12 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 17:54 ACST (45 minutes after sunset). Venus is low above the horizon close to the thin crescent Moon. The pair will fit easily into the field of view of 10x50 binoculars.
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (45 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Evening sky at 18:41 ACST (90 minutes after sunset), on Monday June 14 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide. 
 
Mars is a low above the horizon forming a line with the bright stars Pollux and Castor.  The Moon is not far from Mars.
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time  (90 minutes after sunset)
 

Mercury is lost in the twilight.

Venus is becoming more visible low in the twilight.  I have been able to see Venus from 15 minutes after sunset and it is easily seen 30 minutes after sunset.  Venus is close to the crescent moon on the 12th and both will fit in a 10x50 binocular field.

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is in Gemini forming a line with the bright stars Pollux and Castor.On the 13th and 4th the thin crescent Moon brackets Mars.
   
Jupiter is high in the morning sky forming a line with Saturn above the north-western horizon. Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon before midnight.
 
 Saturn is now rising well before midnight.  It is still best in the morning sky and is easily seen near Jupiter above the north-western horizon
 
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.


 

Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to the current time.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/ 





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Wednesday, June 02, 2021

 

Southern Skywatch June 2021 edition is now out!

 

 Evening sky on Saturday, June 12 showing the western sky as seen from Adelaide at 17:39 ACST (30 minutes after sunset). Venus is close to the crescent Moon. 

 

 

 (similar views will be seen Australia wide at the equivalent local time, 30 minutes after sunset) click to embiggen. 

 

The June edition of Southern Skywatch is now up.

This month the planetary action is mostly in the evening skies, Saturn and Jupiter are now readily visible in the late evening skies, Venus becomes easier to see, the Earth is at solstice and fading Mars crosses the beehive cluster.

1-8 June; Mars forms a line with the bright stars Pollux and Castor. June 2 Last Quarter. June 8; apogee Moon. June 10; New Moon. June 12; thin crescent Moon and Venus close. June 13-14; Mars and crescent Moon close. June 18; First Quarter Moon, June 21; Earth at Solstice. June 23; perigee Moon. June 23rd and 24th; Mars passes directly over the Beehive cluster. June 25; Full Moon. June 27; the Moon close to Saturn. June 28; the waning moon is near Jupiter.

 Mercury Mercury returns to the morning twilight by mid-month. However, it is only visible in the last week of June, below the bright red star Aldebaran.

Venus is now easily visible in the evening sky 30 minutes after sunset (I can see it as early as 15 minutes after sunset). Venus begins to dominate the early evening twilight and on the 12th is a mere 2 finger-widths from the crescent Moon.

Mars  is low above the western horizon, best seen an hour to an hour and a half after sunset. Mars starts in Gemini this month then moves into cancer. On the 1st Mars forms a line with the bright “twins” Pollux and Castor. Mars is then bracketed by the crescent Moon on the 13th and 14th by about a hand-span. On the 23rd and 24th Mars passes directly over the Beehive cluster

 Jupiter Jupiter is readily visible around midnight and continues to climb in to the late evening sky. On the 1st Jupiter is a handspan from the waning Moon, and again on the 28th.

Saturn rises well before midnight from the beginning of the month but is still best seen in the morning. On the 26th the waning moon is above Saturn and Jupiter. On the 27th the Moon close to Saturn and Jupiter. On the 28th the moon is near Jupiter, then on the 29th the waning moon again forms a line with Jupiter and Saturn.

Apogee June 8; Moon at perigee June 23.

 

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Monday, May 31, 2021

 

Thursday June 3 to Thursday June 10

The New Moon is Thursday, June 10. Saturn and Jupiter are visible late in the evening sky. Venus is visible in the evening twilight. Mercury is lost in the twilight. Mars forms a line with the bright stars Castor and Pollux.

The New Moon is Thursday, June 10. Apogee, when the Earth is furthest from the earth, is on June 8.

Evening sky on Saturday
June 5 showing the eastern sky as seen from Adelaide at 23:59 pm ACST (just before midnight). Saturn and Jupiter form a line in the late evening sky.
 
The insets shows the telescopic views of Jupiter and Saturn at this time. 
  
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time (just before midnight), click to embiggen.

Whole sky at 18:42 ACST  (90 minutes after sunset), on Saturday, June 5 as seen from 

Adelaide
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere at the equivalent local time (90 minutes after sunset). click to embiggen.
 
Evening twilight sky on Saturday June 5 looking north-west as seen from Adelaide at 17:39 ACST (30 minutes after sunset). Venus is low above the horizon.

 
 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen throughout Australia at the equivalent local time (30 minutes after sunset, click to embiggen).
Evening sky at 18:10 ACST (60 minutes after sunset), on Saturday June 5 facing north-west as seen from Adelaide. 
 
Mars is a low above the horizon forming a line with the bright stars Pollux and Castor.

 
 
 
 
Similar views will be seen elsewhere in Australia at the equivalent local time 
 

Mercury is lost in the twilight.

Venus is becoming more visible low in the twilight.  I have been able to see Venus from 15 minutes after sunset and it is easily seen 30 minutes after sunset.  

Mars is readily visible in the evening sky above the north-western horizon in the early evening. Mars is in Gemini forming a line with the bright stars Pollux and Castor.
   
Jupiter is high in the morning sky forming a line with Saturn above the north-western horizon. Jupiter is now above the eastern horizon before midnight.
 
 Saturn is now rising well before midnight.  It is still best in the morning sky and is easily seen near Jupiter above the north-western horizon
 
Printable PDF maps of the Eastern sky at 10 pm AEST, Western sky at 10 pm AEST. For further details and more information on what's up in the sky, see Southern Skywatch.


 

Star Map via Virtual sky. Use your mouse to scroll around and press 8 when your pointer is in the map to set to the current time.

Cloud cover predictions can be found at SkippySky.

Here is the near-real time satellite view of the clouds (day and night) http://satview.bom.gov.au/ 





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