Southern Colorado Skies / April 7-13, 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 Mars between the Pleiades and Aldebaran just after dusk.


The Winter Hexagon is in the west shortly after dark. Have a look before you miss out on this opportunity.

Looking for a challenge? Then get your quality binoculars out and search for asteroid 2 Pallas, which is at magnitude 7.9. 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://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/pop-in-on-pallas-and-iris-tonight/.

Friday (4/12)

First-quarter Moon at 1:06 p.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury and Venus (in Aquarius)

Both of these planets may be found very low on the eastern horizon about 20 minutes before sunrise. Faint Mercury (use binoculars, but watch out for the Sun!) is to the lower left of much brighter Venus.

Mars (in Taurus)

Mars is in its best viewing position low in the west at dusk. It’s tiny now — just an orange speck 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., teleconferenced via Skype. (If you’re interested in attending, contact Jeremy Bray at jbray@scaspueblo.com.)

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.

Events for the SCAS 2019 calendar year were recently announced. First up is 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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