SCAS – Southern Colorado Skies / June 5 – 11, 2016

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

Thursday (June 9)

Even a 3-inch telescope will show Saturn’s biggest and brightest moon, Titan (magnitude 8.5). Look tonight and it will be east of the ringed planet, located about four times the length of Saturn’s rings. Other moons may be visible depending on sky conditions and the size of your scope. Here is the arrangement tonight:

Saturn moons

Friday (June 10)

Join other SCAS members as we share our knowledge at “Stargaze at the Lake,” starting about 8:00 at the Lake Pueblo Visitor’s Center (no fee required to enter the park there).

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PLANETS

Mercury (in Taurus)

Barely visible due east about 20 minutes before sunrise. Binoculars are probably required but watch out for the Sun!

Venus (in Taurus)

At superior conjunction (see graphic) and therefore lost in the glow of the Sun.

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Mars (in Libra)

Still closest to Earth in past 10 years, but getting higher and dimmer now that it has passed opposition. But still a great view even in small telescopes – have a look!

Jupiter (in Leo)

Jupiter is high and bright in the southwest after dark and sets before sunrise. Also worth a view in your telescope!

Saturn (in Ophiuchus)

Saturn reached opposition on June 2nd – a third planet to add to your telescopic “to do” list. Can you see its largest moon – Titan (see above).

Uranus (in Pisces)

Just visible in the dawn sky (look east).

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Well up in the southeast sky at daybreak.

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, SCAS Director of Education

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