Southern Colorado Skies / June 2-8, 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


Saturn and Jupiter are in good positions early in the mornings this week for observations and photos.

Ceres (the largest and first-discovered asteroid) is high in the south this week, and is about magnitude 7.0 which makes it easily viewable in small telescopes or binoculars. You can access more details and a finder chart at

Monday (June 3)

New Moon at 4:03 a.m. MDT.




Mercury (in Taurus/Gemini)

Toward the end of dusk, look to the west northwest near the horizon. On June 6th Mercury will be about 6 degrees to the right (west) of the thin crescent Moon. (Tip: 6 degrees is about one fist-width held out at arm’s length.) Have a look for Mars while you’re out there.

Venus (in Aries/Taurus)

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

Mars (in Gemini)

Mars is in its best viewing position low in the west at dusk between the legs of the Gemini twins. It’s tiny now — just an orange speck. Have a look for Mercury while you’re out there.

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter rises just after dark and is in good viewing position in the south after midnight. Jupiter is at its largest for this apparition when it reaches 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-southeast just before dawn.


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

The next Stargaze at the Lake (Lake Pueblo State Park) is Friday, June 7th. Starting at 8:00 p.m. there will be a presentation in the Visitors Center auditorium, followed by observing through volunteers’ telescopes in the parking lot. Observing will of course be weather dependent, but the presentation will take place in any case.

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.



Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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