Southern Colorado Skies / February 17-23, 2019

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

Look for Mercury later in the week in the western sky just after sunset.

 

Monday (2/18)

Venus and Saturn pass within about a degree of each other before dawn in the southeast.

Tuesday (2/19)

Full Moon at 8:54 a.m. MST.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Aquarius/Pisces)

Mercury is in view once again as it rises higher in the west shortly after sunset. See the above graphic for details.

Venus (in Sagittarius), Jupiter (in Ophiuchus), and Saturn (in Sagittarius)

All three planets are in good viewing position in the south-southeast just before dawn. Jupiter is above bright Venus, while Saturn is that yellowish “star” below Venus. Venus and Saturn pass within about a degree of each other on Monday morning.

Mars (in Aries)

Mars is in its best viewing position low in the southwest just after dark – it sets around 11 p.m.

Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)

Look in the southwest just after dark, just a few degrees below Mars. Check out the Sky & Telescope finder chart at http://wwwcdn.skyandtelescope.com/wp-content/uploads/WEB_UrNep18.pdf (Uranus is easily visible with quality binoculars).

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is lost in the glare of the sunset this week.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

The next membership meeting will be this Thursday, February 21st, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bret Kelly B conference room at the Rawlings Public Library. There will be a presentation about the history and the different types of telescopes. The public has been invited to bring their personal telescopes, so that after the presentation SCAS members can address any questions about their operation and care; members can bring their own scopes as well, if they have any operational questions to be addressed.

FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING SCAS ACTIVITIES, REFER TO THE SCAS FACEBOOK PAGE.

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 Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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