Southern Colorado Skies / April 14-20, 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

The Moon passes beneath Leo (the Lion) and has a close encounter with Regulus.


The Orion Nebula (M42) as it was imaged a couple of weeks ago.

Sunday (4/14)

Look for the Moon to the upper right (west) of Regulus in Leo (see above graphic).

Friday (4/19)

Full Moon at 5:12 a.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury and Venus (in Aquarius/Pisces)

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 (east) of much brighter Venus.

Mars (in Taurus)

Mars is in its best viewing position low in the west after dusk. It’s tiny now — just an orange speck to the upper right (west) of Aldebaran in Taurus.

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) of 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 this 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 the “Stargaze at the Lake” at the Lake Pueblo Visitor’s Center on May 10th (starting with a presentation at 7:45 p.m. in the auditorium, followed by stargazing with telescopes in the parking lot). Next 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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