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/.
Saturn and Jupiter are in good positions early in the mornings this week for observations and photos.
Sunday (June 9)
First-quarter Moon at 11:59 p.m. MDT.
Monday (June 10)
Jupiter is at opposition tonight (in-line with Earth on the same side of the Sun). See the above graphic.
Mercury (in Gemini)
Toward the end of dusk, look to the west-northwest near the horizon about an hour after sunset. Have a look for Mars while you’re out there, to the upper left of Mercury. (Mercury and Mars will be only about 1/2 degree apart early next week!)
Venus (in 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, to the lower right of Mars. (Mercury and Mars will be only about 1/2 degree apart early next week!)
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 in the east-southeast just before dawn.
SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS
A Moon-gaze will be held at the Greenhorn Library (in Colorado City) on Monday, June 10th, starting at 8:00. You are welcome to attend and telescopes are appreciated. Contact Dave Furry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Dave Furry will be repeating his May presentation at the Rawlings Library for the public this Thursday (June 13) at 6:30 p.m. in the Idea Factory on the second floor. The presentation is “Why Is Pluto No Longer a Planet?” and was presented at the May SCAS meeting. Please plan to attend if you haven’t seen it or if you just want to support your club. See you there!
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.
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