Southern Colorado Skies / May 19-25, 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 Jupiter (near the Moon on May 19th) on the eastern side of Ophiuchus, north of Scorpius.

Look for Mars in Gemini, very close to M35.

 

 

The Moon passes by Saturn in the east side of Sagittarius.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Taurus)

Mercury is lost in the glare of the Sun.

Venus (in Aries)

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

Mars (in Gemini)

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

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter rises just after dark and is in good viewing position in the south about 3 a.m. Jupiter is growing larger as it approaches opposition on June 10th. (See above graphic.)

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

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

Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)

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

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is barely visible in the east just before dawn.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

On May 24th SCAS will host a star gaze at the CSU-Pueblo observatory (the 22-inch telescope is working again!). Note that this is a change from the previously announced schedule.

The June SCAS Executive Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 6th, at 7:00 p.m. For additional details, contact Jeremy Bray at jbray@scaspueblo.com.

The next SCAS membership meeting will be on Thursday, June 20th, 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.

FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING SCAS ACTIVITIES, REFER TO THE SCAS FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

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Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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