My telescope is Arsenal - Synta 70/700 AZ2 (refractor model). 140x max zoom (10 mm with Barlow). I could clearly see Jupiter and Saturn in color. I even saw brown stripes on Jupiter. Yet, when I tried looking at Venus and Mars they appeared pure white, totally washed out by the Sun. I was observing about hour before sunrise.
Is there a way to see them in true color with my current tech? Maybe they could be seen only at certain dates? Or maybe I need some filters?
You are seeing them in color, it's an issue of the mechanics of your eyes. Eyes are made of rods and cones, cones seeing color, rods seeing greyscale. When you are looking through a telescope, your eye adapts to the low light conditions and the rods dominate the sensitivity.
Jupiter appears much larger than both Mars and Venus, so your eye does not adapt as much and the cones relay more information, allowing you to perceive more color for both it and Saturn (which is also larger than both Venus and Mars in our sky).
That said, Mars through a telescope, to me, appears a bright orange. Venus, to me, is indistinguishable from white, though it should look more of a pale yellow since that is its color in visible light.
You could try looking when the sky is darker, for Mars is visible in the middle of the night. It's possible that the blue of the sky is affecting your color perception, too. Venus is always a morning or evening object, so you should try looking at it just a little after it has risen (looking at it just as it rises will result in atmosphere issues).
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The Moon and Mercury are geologically dead. In contrast, the larger terrestrial planets—Earth, Venus, and Mars—are more active and interesting worlds. We have already discussed Earth, and we now turn to Venus and Mars. These are the nearest planets and the most accessible to spacecraft. Not surprisingly, the greatest effort in planetary exploration has been devoted to these fascinating worlds. In the chapter, we discuss some of the results of more than four decades of scientific exploration of Mars and Venus. Mars is exceptionally interesting, with evidence that points to habitable conditions in the past. Even today, we are discovering things about Mars that make it the most likely place where humans might set up a habitat in the future. However, our robot explorers have clearly shown that neither Venus nor Mars has conditions similar to Earth. How did it happen that these three neighboring terrestrial planets have diverged so dramatically in their evolution?
Figure 1. Spirit Rover on Mars: This May 2004 image shows the tracks made by the Mars Exploration Spirit rover on the surface of the red planet. Spirit was active on Mars between 2004 and 2010, twenty times longer than its planners had expected. It “drove” over 7.73 kilometers in the process of examining the martian landscape. (credit: modification of work by NASA/JPL/Cornell)
When do conjunctions occur?
Often a conjunction will occur during daytime or when the objects are below the horizon, and this is where the definition becomes more relaxed.
If the objects are very bright, such as a crescent Moon and Venus, then daylight viewing can be possible, but if the objects have set below the horizon they won’t be visible.
So conjunction can be applied in quite a loose context to refer to objects that are viewable above the horizon in twilight or at night, even if they are not, at that point, at the exact moment of conjunction.
- If the objects are at their closest, then this is known as an appulse: the minimum separation between two bodies that occurs just before or after true conjunction.
Conjunctions really capture our attention, which makes them ideal targets for public stargazing events, or for inspiring young astronomers and newcomers to look up at the night sky.
They are also easy to capture with a smartphone camera, giving more people the chance to preserve the moment and share with friends or on social media.
For more on this, read our guide on how to photograph a conjunction.
3. March 28, April 27, May 26, June 24, 2021: Supermoons – Quarterly
A supermoon is a spectacle that occurs when a full moon is at perigee, the point where the Moon is closest to Earth during its orbit. At this point, the Moon will appear 14% larger and cast nearly 30% more light. (Beware of the super-werewolves on this date!)
This year, there will be four supermoons (which is the typical annual amount). They will occur on March 28th, April 27th, May 26th, June 24th, with the moon on May 26th appearing to be the biggest and the brightest.
How can you see it?
Because it is so bright, a supermoon won’t be too hard to spot! Keep your eyes near the horizon, and you’re sure to be blown away.
What will it look like?
You can’t miss it! A supermoon is an incredibly bright, full moon illuminating the night sky and everything beneath it!
June Astronomy: As the Summer Begins, Mars and Venus Engage in a Cosmic Dance with Pollux and Castor
Fast-moving Mars and Venus make eye-catching arrangements with Pollux and Castor this month, before the twin stars’ annual departure into the evening twilight glow. Even the slow motions of Jupiter and Saturn can be noted with careful attention to background stars.
The moon pairs up with four of the five naked-eye planets and four of the five zodiacal first-magnitude stars. Venus presents its northernmost setting of 2021 on June 4, 16 days before the sun does so. The aptly named Summer Triangle is visible from dusk until dawn from late June until early August.
In June’s evening twilight: The only planets visible at dusk are bright Venus, of magnitude -3.8, very low in the west-northwest, and faint Mars, of magnitude +1.8, some 25 to 7 degrees to Venus’ upper left. The brightest stars visible, both of zero magnitude, are golden Arcturus, very high in the southeast to south-southwest, and blue-white Vega, climbing high in the east-northeast.
In early June, the Spring Arch of four stars is still visible: Procyon, low in the west twins Pollux and Castor, atop the arch and 4.5 degrees apart in the west-northwest and Capella, low in the northwest. The twins remain visible at month’s end, but only with the aid of binoculars.
Watch for these striking arrangements of planets with twin stars Pollux and Castor: Mars, on June 7, is 7 degrees to the left of Pollux and forms a straight line with the twins. Venus, on June 13, forms an isosceles triangle with the twins. On June 21, Venus passes 5.2 degrees to the south (lower left) of Pollux, its least distance from that star. On June 24, Venus is 6.5 degrees to the left of Pollux and forms a straight line with the twins.
Other stars visible at dusk: Regulus, heart of Leo, is in the west-southwest to west, to the upper left of Venus and Mars. (Mars closes to within 18 degrees of the lower right of Regulus at month’s end.) Spica, the spike of grain in the hand of Virgo, crosses through south into south-southwest, 33 degrees to the lower right of or below Arcturus. Antares, heart of the Scorpion, starts very low in the southeast and climbs into the south-southeast. Look for Deneb to the lower left of Vega. Watch the horizon a little more than 10 degrees north of east, to Vega’s lower right, for the rising of Altair, completing the Summer Triangle with Vega and Deneb.
Follow the moon for two weeks as it waxes from a thin crescent on June 11 to full on June 24. Watch for its pairings with planets and bright zodiacal stars on the evenings of June 11 (Venus) 12 (Pollux) 13 (Mars) 15 (Regulus) 19 (Spica) and 22 (Antares).
All these events are illustrated on the Sky Calendar for June 2021. To subscribe for $12 per year (for three printed monthly issues mailed quarterly), or to view a sample issue, visit www.abramsplanetarium.org/skycalendar.
At end of June, Saturn rises in the east-southeast within two hours after sunset, and brighter Jupiter rises within an hour later, nearly 20 degrees to the lower left of Saturn.
In coming months, watch for changes in setting place of the “evening star.” Venus, at magnitude -3.8, sets in the west-northwest between 1.4 and 1.7 hours after sunset this month. On June 4, Venus attains a declination of +24 degrees, 26 minutes north of the Earth’s equator, and sets farthest north, 30 degrees north of west (as seen from our latitude, 34 degrees north). After little change for nearly two weeks, you’ll notice the start of a dramatic swing in Venus’ setting place during this apparition, to a declination of -27 degrees, 15 minutes, on Nov. 6. Venus will then set 33 degrees south of west—a southward shift in azimuth of 63 degrees in five months!
On June 17 and 18, Venus follows the sun down to the horizon, on same arc, but trailing sun by 96 minutes.
The summer solstice, “sun standstill,” occurs on June 20, as the sun reaches its northernmost position, directly over the Tropic of Cancer, at 8:32 p.m. Earlier that day in Palm Springs, our highest sun of the year passes just 10.4 degrees south of overhead at 12:48 p.m.
In June’s morning twilight: Look to the southern sky at dawn to see Jupiter, of magnitude -2.4 to -2.6, the brightest morning “star,” and Saturn, three magnitudes fainter at +0.6 to +0.4, between 18 and 20 degrees to Jupiter’s right or lower right. Watch these planets move! Use binoculars before twilight begins to view the fourth-magnitude star Iota in Aquarius, about 3 degrees from Jupiter all month. Jupiter begins to retrograde on June 20, and will go 10 degrees west in the next four months, ending on Oct. 17. Jupiter will pass about 1 degree from Iota on Aug. 6 and Dec. 20, completing a triple conjunction with that star. Binoculars will also show fourth-magnitude Theta in Capricornus, 0.7-1.7 degrees west-southwest of Saturn this month. Saturn’s retrograde of nearly 7 degrees, which started on May 23, will continue until Oct. 10, when the ringed planet will be 7.3 degrees west-southwest of Theta.
Antares makes its exit in the southwest in June’s morning mid-twilight sky, and Arcturus departs in the west-northwest, both in the second week. (By end of June, they set more than two hours before sunup.) TheSummer Triangleof Vega, Altair and Deneb passes west of overhead, while Fomalhaut,mouth of the Southern Fish, glows low in the southeast to south, 20 degrees below or to the lower left of Jupiter.
Capella appears very low in the north-northeast at the start of June, and rises higher into the northeast as the month progresses. Late in June, look for Aldebaran, eye of Taurus, the Bull, very low in the east-northeast, 31 degrees to the lower right of Capella. On June’s last two mornings, use binoculars to spot first-magnitude Mercury rising 8 degrees to the lower left of Aldebaran. Mercury will brighten further and be easier to spot during the first three weeks of July.
Watch the waning gibbous moon pass Saturn and Jupiter on the mornings of May 31 and June 1, and on June 27-29. In June’s morning twilight, the waning moon can be followed during the first and last weeks of month, June 1-7 and 24-30.
The solar eclipse of June 10 can NOTbe seen from California. An annular, or “ring of fire,” eclipse will occur within a path through Canada and the arctic, while parts of the eastern and north-central U.S. will see a partial eclipse near sunrise. Coachella Valley’s next chances to view a solar eclipse will come on Oct. 14, 2023, and Apr. 8, 2024.
Robert Victor was a staff astronomer at Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University. When the coast is clear, he looks forward to sky-watching sessions, in time for a fine display of three planets in the evening sky in autumn 2021. Robert Miller, who provided the twilight charts, did graduate work in planetarium science and later astronomy and computer science at Michigan State University and remains active in research and public outreach in astronomy.
Exploration of Venus
With boiling temperatures and sulfuric acid rain, it's an understatement to say that the weather isn't very good on Venus. Has NASA ever landed on Venus?
The answer is no, but the agency has sent exploratory probes. Mariner 2 flew within 34,000 kilometers of the planet in 1962, and Pioneer Venus orbited the planet in 1978 to study, among other things, its solar wind. Magellan, launched in 1989, orbited the planet and mapped 98 percent of the surface by radar.
Up until now, the U.S. agency has preferred to study the data supplied by Soviet probes rather than sacrifice its own. For their part, the Russians have announced no plans to send another probe to Venus, but that doesn't mean they won't. Other space agencies have sent probes to Venus, however. The European Space Agency launched Venus Express in 2006. It orbited the planet for eight years, studying, among other things, how Venus lost its water. Spoiler alert: There's a good chance the solar wind did it.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) sent the most recent probe in 2010. The Akatsuki spacecraft encountered problems on its journey, however, and had to spend five years orbiting the sun before it successfully dropped into orbit around Venus on Dec. 6, 2015. It continues to send back data about topography and climate.
Close Pairing of Venus and Mars on February 20-21
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Look west in twilight this Friday and Saturday (February 20th and 21st), and an unusual astronomical sight will await you.
Brilliant Venus and faint Mars will be paired remarkably close in the sky. And on Friday evening, the crescent Moon joins them in a tight bunch, a beautiful sight. On Saturday Venus and Mars appear even closer together, with the crescent Moon now looking down on them from above.
When it comes to "eyeball astronomy," nothing is more satisfying than to see a pair of celestial objects appear close together in the sky, what astronomers call a conjunction. And 2015, notes Sky & Telescope's longtime contributing editor Fred Schaaf, truly deserves to be called the "Year of the Conjunctions." In January we watched Venus and Mercury come together in the evening twilight, and now comes a similarly close pairing of Venus and Mars. On Saturday they'll appear 1/2° apart for viewers in North America. That's about the width of a pencil held at arm's length.
Venus and Mars have been edging closer together all month. Venus blazes in the southwest during late dusk it's been climbing a little higher week by week. Mars, meanwhile, has lingered in roughly the same part of the twilight sky for several months, refusing to depart. Last week Mars was about 8° above Venus, but from February 17th through 26th, the two remain within 2° of each other. They're less than 1° apart (about your little finder's width at arm's length) from the 20th through the 23rd.
Mars is only about 1% as bright as Venus just now. Since the pairing on the 21st is so close, Schaaf cautions, "little Mars might be hard to see in Venus's glare without optical aid." In other words, grab binoculars or a telescope to enhance your viewing experience.
Both worlds will fit together in a medium-power telescopic view. Venus's dazzling white disk, shining at magnitude –3.9, is 12 arcseconds wide and gibbous in shape (88% illuminated), whereas peach-colored Mars is much dimmer, magnitude +1.2 or +1.3, and a tiny little shimmering blob just 4 arcseconds across.
And with the crescent Moon in the same scene? Get those cameras ready!
Although these objects appear close together as you watch them in the deepening dusk, they're really not. Venus is 134 million miles from Earth right now, while Mars is 203 million miles away. The Moon is much, much closer: only about 225,000 miles distant. You may have driven that many miles in your lifetime.
The dance continues through the end of February, when Mars is still within 4° of Venus. By then the order will have switched, with Mars lower down.
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On Friday, February 20th, Venus, Mars, and the thin crescent moon shine together in the western sky as twilight fades. Look for the trio above the southwest horizon starting about a half hour after sunset. Faint Mars becomes easier to see as the sky darkens further.
Sky & Telescope diagram On Saturday, February 21st, bright Venus and faint Mars pair tightly in the evening sky. Look for them starting just after sunset.
Sky & Telescope diagram On Friday, February 20th, Venus, Mars, and the thin crescent moon come together in the evening sky. On Saturday, February 21st, Venus and Mars pair tightly in the evening sky.
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Venus and Mars Kiss at Dawn
By: Bob King October 4, 2017 7
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Be sure to set the alarm so you don't miss the squeaky-tight conjunction of Venus and Mars Thursday morning. They'll stay close through the weekend.
Passing clouds magnify the beauty of a Venus–Jupiter conjunction on October 25, 2015. The two were just 1° apart. Mars and Venus will be four times closer on Thursday morning.
Let's face it. If the solar system weren't essentially flat, the night sky would be much less interesting. The simple fact that the planets orbit racetrack-style around the Sun makes possible all manner of wonderful line-of-sight Moon-planet and planet-planet pairings. Obscure as it sounds, we owe a debt of gratitude to conservation of angular momentum for providing this week's very close conjunction of Mars and Venus.
The cloud of gas and dust that underwent gravitational collapse more than 4.5 billion years ago to form the Sun and planets probably started out with next to no spin. But to conserve angular momentum as it contracted, the nebula sped up, whirling faster and faster until it flattened into a pancake. In the center, where most of the mass was concentrated, the Sun formed. The planets grew from the remaining material within the disk.
In this solar system simulation, set for October 5th, we see the Venus–Mars conjunction from outer space. From Earth's perspective, the two planets appear to line up in Leo.
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Since all the planets orbit in approximately the same plane — speeding along different lanes on a giant racetrack, if you will — when we look across the solar system from planet Earth, they appear to almost overlap from time to time. One night, our line of sight might include Venus and remote Neptune, the next, Mars and Jupiter. We rarely think about how far the planets are far from each other because our eyes can't sense depth beyond a kilometer, and the deception is both beautiful and convincing. Astronomers call it a conjunction.
This map shows the sky facing east from the central United States on Thursday, October 5th, a little more than an hour before sunrise. Find a location with a good view to the east to see the Venus–Mars tête-à-tête best.
Venus and Mars have been on a "collision course" for some time, ever since the Red Planet returned to the morning sky after its late July conjunction with the Sun. Drawing a little closer each day, the two planets have been inching together for weeks. On Thursday morning, October 5th, they'll almost touch, when Venus passes just ¼° north of Mars.That's a tight sight and worth setting the alarm to see. The pair rises about 5:15 a.m. and is well-placed for viewing from about 5:45–6:15 a.m. some 90 minutes to an hour before sunrise.
Venus will be unmistakable, low in the eastern sky, two outstretched fists below Leo's brightest star, Regulus. Mars? You may not notice the planet at first glance because of the glare from Venus, but they won't be so close that you can't split the pair with the naked eye. Consider the difference in brightness between the two. Venus shines at magnitude –3.9 and Mars at 1.8, a six-magnitude difference that makes Mars almost 250 times fainter than Venus.
Mars appears so faint because it's located almost on the opposite side of the Sun from the Earth, some 236 million kilometers away. Venus, in contrast, beckons from just 141 million kilometers, has a diameter nearly twice that of Mars and a perpetual cloud cover that excels at reflecting sunlight. Faint or not, it's exciting to see Mars return to the morning sky en route to its 2018 perihelic apparition, the brightest and closest the planet will be since 2003. Opposition occurs next July 27th, when Mars can finally strut its stuff at magnitude –2.8. Take that, Venus.
Mars and Venus were just ¾° apart this morning (October 4th), seen here reflected in Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota, around 5:45 a.m. Details: 35mm lens, f/2.8, ISO 1600 and 8-second exposure.
Thursday's event takes place in Leo, the Lion, a hotbed of conjunction madness for weeks now. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Regulus, and the waning crescent Moon have been mixing it up here since mid-September. Venus will move on to join Jupiter for an equally close and even more spectacular conjunction on November 13th at dawn in Virgo. If by chance it's not clear on the 5th, Mars and Venus will still be just ½° apart on the 6th and 1° on the 7th — fine pairings by any measure.
Simple facts often lead to profound consequences. Stars dumbly cook helium to make carbon, the element essential to life. Gravity unwittingly attracts whatever it can get its hands on (or alters the fabric of spacetime, take your pick) to fashion everything from comets to black holes. Dusty disks form planets, leading to the inadvertent beauty of conjunctions. We have the easy part: partake of and share the wonder.
Mars closely passes the other planets
In our solar system, all the planets' orbits are slightly tilted with respect to one another. The ecliptic is the great arc across the sky that represents the Earth's orbit around the sun — and since the Earth's orbital inclination isn't too extreme, it's also roughly the plane of the solar system. So we always observe the planets within a broad strip of sky on either side of the ecliptic, and the faster-moving planets often pass near to the more distant, slower-moving ones.
As viewed from Earth, Mars can veer more than 6 degrees from the ecliptic (about a palm's width held at arm's length), but during 2017, it will stay within about 1 degree (a finger's width) of it. That positioning will set up a series of telescopic treats Mars passes so close to most of the classical planets that we'll be able to see each pairing together in a backyard telescope's field of view. Everyone will get to see the pairings, regardless of the observer's location on Earth, but the moment of closest separation with each planet happens on a specific date and time. Your astronomy app can give you a preview of each event, tell you whether the planets will be above the horizon for you at that time and whether the sky will be dark enough for you to see them.
Strong binoculars will be powerful enough to see most of these planet pairings, but a small telescope will be even better. You just need to know where to look. Be aware that your telescope may invert and/or flip the view left to right, which might require you to swing your scope in different directions than expected to spot your target. The planets will still be relatively close to one another on the evenings before and after the close pass, so you may wish to practice finding them ahead of time.
To preview an event with your app, just set it to the date mentioned, then search for and center Mars in the app's view. Run time forward and backward to see the planets approach and move apart. You'll want to zoom in to see the symbols for the distant, dimmer planets. If they are below the horizon, or if the sun is up, you won't be able to see them where you are — but you can use the app to see the closest times when they will be visible for you. Let's run down the list of events. [Hubble Telescope Captures Incredible Up-Close View of Mars]
Mars and Neptune: Our first pairing occurs just as we are ringing in 2017. Over the past several weeks, Mars has been traveling straight toward the tiny blue planet Neptune, which is sitting about midway between the stars Lambda and Sigma in the constellation Aquarius the Water-Bearer (use your app to see Neptune's location with respect to these stars). About 2 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT) on Sunday, Jan. 1, Mars will pass within only 1 arc-minute of Neptune (1/30th of the moon's diameter), and they'll both easily fit into the view of your telescope's eyepiece — a study in blue and red! Even a small telescope will be sufficient for you to see the two planets at the same time, and they're so close that a stronger-magnification eyepiece can also be used.
Observers on the West Coast and the Pacific Ocean will be able to see Mars and Neptune at closest approach. Unfortunately, for eastern North America, the two planets will set at about 9:45 p.m. EDT (0245 GMT Jan. 2), while Mars is still 8 arc-minutes below Neptune. But that's still a very tight telescopic grouping. If it's cloudy Saturday, have a look early on Sunday evening, when Mars will still be only 0.5 degrees (the moon's diameter) away from Neptune, to its upper left.
Mars and Uranus: Just after 7 p.m. EDT on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 26 (0000 GMT Feb. 27), Mars will pass within 34 arc-minutes (almost the moon's diameter) to the upper right of blue-green Uranus. The pair of planets will be in the lower third of the western sky, situated between the strings of stars that define the two fishes of Pisces. The two planets should fit together in the field of view of a low-power eyepiece, regardless of telescope. For a reference to help find them, Venus will be shining brightly, about 11 degrees to the lower right.
Mars and Mercury: On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 16, Mars will pass very close to Mercury, within only about 3 arc-minutes. For observers in the eastern U.S. and Canada, closest approach happens in broad daylight about 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT), so they will have to settle for seeing the two planets about 18 arc-minutes apart before dawn, between the time when Mars rises (about 5:30 a.m. EDT, or 0930 GMT) and 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 GMT). Look for them low in the eastern sky. In your telescope, the two planets will appear together when you use a low-power eyepiece. Mercury, sitting above the red planet, will be much brighter than Mars, and its disk will be only 64 percent full. The following morning, Mercury will be below Mars. Observers in other parts of the world can check their astronomy app to see how far apart the two planets will be where they are. (Note: For morning planet pairings, be sure that the sun is completely below the horizon whenever you are using a telescope that is aimed near the horizon.) [How to Spot Mercury and the Solar System's 'Racetrack' Using Mobile Apps]
Mars and Venus: On Oct. 5, Mars will pass within 12 arc-minutes of Venus for a few hours that will be centered on noon EDT. Once again, the best views will occur in the eastern morning sky between 5:30 a.m. local time and sunrise, when the two planets will be separated by only 17 arc-minutes — with much brighter Venus situated to the upper left of fainter, reddish Mars. Observers on the West Coast will see the two planets rise in the closer configuration.
Leaving Mars for the moment, Venus will pass very close to the left of Jupiter on the morning of Nov. 13, when the two brightest planets will shine through the morning twilight low on the eastern horizon, separated by only 16 arc-minutes (about half the moon's diameter). The two will easily fit into the field of view of a low-power eyepiece. Venus will be brighter than Jupiter, and on the left. Look for Jupiter's four Galilean satellites, which will appear in an upright line around the planet. You might also be able to tell that Venus' disk is only 97 percent full.
To use your app to look for more matchups between the planets, the moon and bright stars, pick a convenient time of evening, select a planet and center it. Then advance the date and watch for other objects to appear nearby. Don't zoom in too closely, or you'll miss some of them. In SkySafari 5, you can use the Display settings menu to enable a field-of-view circle for your binoculars or telescope. If the planet sets, or the summer sky doesn't get dark enough, just choose another time and keep going. It's fun!
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Child tax credits: IRS unveils tool to check eligibility, manage monthly payments
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Launched Tuesday, the Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant can help American families quickly determine if they qualify for monthly payments of up to $300 per child by having them answer a simple set of questions, according to an IRS news release.