Southern Colorado Skies / November 18-24, 2018

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

The Moon will be full this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, at 10:29 p.m. MST. This particular full moon has been known under several names, including the Hunter’s Moon and the Frosty Moon. Early Native Americans referred to it as the Full Beaver Moon because it reminded them to set their beaver traps before the swamps and rivers froze.

Monday (11/19)

The asteroid 3 Juno is at opposition tonight and is high in the sky by late evening in Eridanus (south of Taurus). This is the closest that 3 Juno has been since 1980 and will be until 2060. At magnitude 7.4 a good pair of larger (at least 10x) binoculars will likely be required. See https://phys.org/news/2018-11-asteroid-juno.html for more details.

Thursday (11/22)

Full Moon at 10:29 p.m. MST. See the opening paragraph above for more information.

 

DAYLIGHT


PLANETS

Mercury (in Ophiuchus)

Mercury is lost in the Sun’s glare this week.

Venus (in Virgo)

Venus is very bright (magnitude -4.8) before and during sunrise in the east-southeast. Spica (in Virgo) is the much dimmer star to its upper right (west).

Mars (in Aquarius)

Mars is in its best viewing position in the south just after dark – it sets around midnight.

Jupiter (in Libra/Scorpius)

Jupiter is hidden in the glare of the Sun.

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

The ringed planet is that yellowish “star” low in the southwest after dark.

Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)

Look in the southeast during mid-evening. Check out the Sky & Telescope finder chart noted below. (Uranus is easily visible with quality binoculars.)

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Look in the south during mid-evening. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune may be found at http://wwwcdn.skyandtelescope.com/wp-content/uploads/WEB_UrNep18.pdf.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

Astrophotography SIG (Special Interest Group) – date, time and location will be emailed to members.

Tuesday, December 6th – Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the north-side Village Inn.

No general membership meeting in December.

FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING SCAS ACTIVITIES, REFER TO THE SCAS WEBSITE AT http://www.scaspueblo.com/CalendarMain.html.

Carpe noctem

Dave Furry
Pueblo West, Colorado

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