Southern Colorado Skies / February 24 – March 2, 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

Don’t miss the crescent Moon hanging just above Jupiter on Wednesday morning. Photo opportunity!

Good news – this week you have another chance to see Mercury.

The crescent Moon slides pat Saturn and Venus later in the week.

 

Tuesday (2/26)

Last-quarter Moon at 4:28 a.m. MST.

DAYLIGHT

PLANETS

Mercury (in Pisces)

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

Venus and Saturn (in Sagittarius/Capricornus), 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.

Mars (in Aries)

Mars is in its best viewing position low in the west-southwest just after dark – it sets around 11 p.m. It’s tiny now, but hang in there until October 2020 when it will be back at opposition.

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 executive board meeting will be on Thursday, March 7th, at 7:00 p.m. at the north-side Village Inn in Pueblo.

Many events for the SCAS 2019 calendar year were recently announced. First up are the Star-Gaze at Lake Pueblo on May 10th, followed by a star gaze at the CSU-Pueblo observatory (the 22-inch telescope is working again!) on May 31st.

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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