Southern Colorado Skies / April 28 – May 4, 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

Here are a couple views of the southeastern portion of the Moon that you can easily see with even a small telescope or binoculars around first quarter. The open area to the upper left in the first photo is Mare Nectaris (“the Sea of Nectar); in the second photo Mare Nectaris is near the center. Have a look through your scope!

Saturday (5/4)

New Moon at 4:46 p.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

PLANETS

Mercury and Venus (in Pisces)

Both of these planets may be found very low on the eastern horizon about 20 minutes before sunrise. Much fainter 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. Mars is now just about as far from Earth as it gets!

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter is in good viewing position in the south-southeast just before dawn.

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 May SCAS Executive Board Meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m. For additional details, contact Jeremy Bray at jbray@scaspueblo.com.

Events for the SCAS 2019 calendar year are available at 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.

A LINK TO THE SCAS SUMMER SCHEDULE IS INCLUDED WITH THIS EMAIL.

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Carpe noctem

Dave Furry
Pueblo West, Colorado

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