Southern Colorado Skies / November 26 – December 2, 2017

Consider a planetarium program to help you plan your observations. There are many commercial products available; an excellent program (STELLARIUM) is available free at http://www.stellarium.org/.

THIS WEEK

Jupiter and Mars make a nice appearance at dawn this week.

  

Around midweek, in the western sky, Saturn and Mercury appear in the sunset for the diligent observer.

 

Sunday (November 26)

First-quarter Moon at 10:03 a.m.

DAYLIGHT

PLANETS

Mercury and Saturn (both in Sagittarius)

Look low in the west just after sunset, as shown in the above graphic. Binoculars may help.

Venus (in Libra), Mars (in Virgo), and Jupiter (in Libra)

Look for all three planets before or during dawn in the east-southeast.

Mars rises with Spica to its west, and Jupiter rises a little later just before dawn (see above graphic).

Venus is sinking into the glare of the sunrise, and is now a challenge to spot. Look for it far to the lower left (east) of Jupiter.

Uranus (in Pisces):

High in the southeast by mid-evening.

Neptune (in Aquarius):

High in the south by mid-evening.

BRIGHT IRIDIUM FLARES

The following data are based on my location in Pueblo West, Colorado. If you live well outside this area, you should consider checking this information for your location in order to be assured of accurate times, elevations, etc. If you’re unfamiliar with Iridium flares, check out my article at: http://scaspueblo.com/blog/2017/02/25/iridium-flares/.

No flares predicted this week greater than Magnitude -1.0.

 

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS)

These are too numerous to list here! If you’re seriously interested, load the ISS DETECTOR app on your smart phone or tablet.

Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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