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/.
Jupiter and Saturn are in decent viewing positions, and the Moon skates atop Sagittarius and Scorpius.
Look before dawn to see bright Jupiter within a couple degrees from the waning gibbous Moon (see above graphic).
Now it’s Saturn’s turn to pose with the waning Moon before dawn ( see above graphic).
Last-quarter Moon at 4:18 p.m. MDT.
Mercury and Venus (in Pisces/Cetus)
Both of these planets may be found very low on the eastern horizon about 20 minutes before sunrise. 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 about 20 degrees to the right (west) of Betelgeuse and hovering above Aldebaran.
Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)
Jupiter is in good viewing position in the south-southeast just before dawn (see above graphic).
Saturn (in Sagittarius)
Look for yellowish Saturn to the lower left (east) Jupiter (see above graphic).
Uranus (in Aries/Pisces) and Neptune (in Aquarius)
Uranus and Neptune are lost in the Sun’s glare this week.
SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS
First up is the “Stargaze at the Lake” at the Lake Pueblo Visitor’s Center on May 10th starting at 7:45 p.m. with a presentation in the auditorium. This event will be 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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