using UNION with SELECT * in sql server 2005

Hi,
      I have two identical temp tables and i want to amalgamate the contents of both into one table.
Is it possible to do a UNION using SELECT *
or do i have to explicitly list every column in each table?

thanks
blossomparkAsked:
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
using SELECT * is possible, but ONLY if both tables have the same column count and the same data types in the same positions.
however, it's usually not a good idea to have such thing in a prod application, except some rare situations

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Ephraim WangoyaCommented:

Yes you can do it so long as the number of fields are the same in the two tables
blossomparkAuthor Commented:
Hi angellll and ewangoya
thanks for your quick responses.....it's late in the evening and i got to get  this report out before i can go home,,,so thanks for giving me hope!! :-)
blossomparkAuthor Commented:
that worked a treat...thanks again
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