Southern Colorado Skies / May 5-11, 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 Mars on its way through Taurus.

The Moon continues its travels past Gemini, Cancer, and Leo.

Monday (May 6)

Just after sunset look to the west-northwest to get a glimpse of the crescent Moon just above Aldebaran in Taurus, as shown in the above graphic.

Friday (May 10)

The Moon passes close to the Beehive Cluster in Cancer, as shown in the above graphic.

Saturday (May 11)

First-quarter Moon at 7:12 p.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Aries/Pisces)

Mercury is lost in the glare of sunrise.

Venus (in Pisces)

Binoculars will help you find Venus just above the horizon about 20 minutes before sunrise (watch out for the rising Sun!).

Mars (in Taurus)

Mars is in its best viewing position low in the west at dusk. It’s tiny now — just an orange speck in Taurus (see above graphic).

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter rises about 11 p.m. and is in good viewing position in the south about 4 a.m.

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

Look for yellowish Saturn to the lower left (east) Jupiter.

Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)

Uranus is lost in the Sun’s glare this week.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is barely visible just before dawn.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

The next SCAS membership meeting will be on Thursday, May 16th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bret Kelly B conference room at the Rawlings Public Library. Dave Furry will present “Why is Pluto No Longer a Planet?: A View of the Modern Solar System.”

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 (this Friday) starting at 7:45 p.m. with a presentation in the auditorium followed by star gazing with volunteers’ telescopes. (The presentation will occur even if clouds spoil the evening for observing.)

On May 31st we will host a star gaze at the CSU-Pueblo observatory (the 22-inch telescope is working again!).

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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