Southern Colorado Skies / March 31 – April 6, 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 Jupiter and Saturn on opposite sides of Sagittarius before dawn.

 

Mars is between Aldebaran and the Pleiades.


Thursday (4/4)

Mars is directly in-line between Aldebaran and the Pleiades in Taurus (see above graphic).

Thursday (4/5)

New Moon at 1:50 a.m. MDT.

Saturday (4/6)

Looking for a challenge? Then get your quality binoculars out and search for asteroid 2 Pallas, which is at magnitude 7.9 and is at opposition (directly on the meridian at midnight). The asteroid is only 4 degrees from Arcturus tonight. Asteroid 2 Pallas was the second asteroid to have been discovered (after Ceres); it is one of the largest asteroids in the solar system. For more info, including a finder chart, see https://theskylive.com/pallas-info.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Aquarius)

Mercury is not in view this week – it is in the glare of the sunrise.

Venus (in Aquarius)

Look in the east-southeast at dawn.

Mars (in Taurus)

Mars is in its best viewing position low in the west at dusk. It’s tiny now — just an orange speck directly in-line between Aldebaran and the Pleiades in Taurus (see above graphic).

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter is in good viewing position in the south-southeast just before dawn (it rises about 1 a.m.).

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

Look for yellowish Saturn to the lower left (east) Jupiter.

Uranus (in Aries/Pisces) and Neptune (in Aquarius)

Uranus and Neptune are lost in the Sun’s glare this week.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

The next SCAS board meeting will be on Thursday, April 4th, at 7:00 p.m. (location to be announced – at the north-side Village Inn in Pueblo or via Skype).

The next SCAS membership meeting will be on Thursday, April 18th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bret Kelly B conference room at the Rawlings Public Library. SCAS member and CSU-Pueblo physics student Don Brooks will present a synopsis of his current research involving gravity waves.

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.


 Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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