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/.
Look for Jupiter and Saturn on opposite sides of Sagittarius before dawn.
Mars is between Aldebaran and the Pleiades.
Mars is directly in-line between Aldebaran and the Pleiades in Taurus (see above graphic).
New Moon at 1:50 a.m. MDT.
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.
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 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.
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