SCAS – Southern Colorado Skies / November 29 – December 5, 2015

Consider a planetarium program to help you plan your observations. There are many commercial products available, and a very good program (Cartes du Ciel) is available free at http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/en/start.

THIS WEEK

The morning planets continue their dance, with Venus staying within 5 degrees of the star Spica (the brightest star in the constellation Virgo) through Wednesday, December 2nd.

Watch the Moon parade just south of the constellations Cancer and Leo starting Monday morning. The following diagram shows the upcoming morning sky (looking south) about 5 a.m..

Leo - Moon

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Scorpius):

Lost in the glow of the Sun.

Venus and Mars (in Virgo) and Jupiter (in Leo/Virgo):

Still-bright Venus keeps company in the pre-dawn eastern sky with Mars and Jupiter, but Venus and Mars are descending rather rapidly (Venus will be close to Spica early in the week – see above).

Saturn (in Scorpius):

Hidden by the Sun.

Uranus (in Pisces):

High in the southern sky by early evening.

Neptune (in Aquarius):

High in the southern sky by early evening.

Iridium Flares and International Space Station (ISS):

Sorry – these are too numerous to list here! If you’re serious, load the ISS DETECTOR app on your smart phone or tablet. Alternatively, refer to SCAS member Chuck Percival’s column in the Sunday Pueblo Chieftain.

Have fun!

Dave Furry, President SCAS

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