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I have a program called Starview.exe which plots the stars for whatever day/time/elevation you are and so on. It then gives a round plot of stars on the screen (as if one where looking up into the sky I suppose). How would I interpret what was overhead, or what appeared on the horizon according to that chart? It is kind of confusing.

Hard to say, but if it were reasonable the center should be overhead and the edges should be the horizon in various directions. I have not seen the program, but you might start with your present location and time and then go out to see if a particular direction makes sense in she the sky.

Samuel P Bowen

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