Southern Colorado Skies / June 16-22, 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

Mercury and Mars are only about 1/2 degree apart on Tuesday.

The Moon skates by Saturn mid-week.

Both Saturn and Jupiter continue to be in good positions early in the mornings this week for observations and photos.

Monday (June 17)

Full Moon at 2:31 a.m. MDT.

Tuesday (June 18)

About an hour after sunset, Mercury and Mars are only about 1/2 degree (the width of a full Moon) apart in the west-northwest. Binoculars are probably required. (See above graphic.)

Wednesday (June 19)

The just-past-full Moon is near Saturn (see above graphic).

Friday (June 21)

Summer Solstice (“solstice” means ‘solar standstill’) arrives at 9:54 a.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury and Mars (in Gemini)

About an hour after sunset on Tuesday, Mercury and Mars will be only about 1/2 degree (the width of a full Moon) apart in the west-northwest. Binoculars are probably required. Mercury is the brighter of the two.

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!).

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter is obvious in the southeast just after dark. The giant planet is in its best observing position in the south after midnight. (See above graphic.)

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

Saturn rises just after dusk. Look for a yellowish “star” to the lower left (east) Jupiter. (See above graphic.)

Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)

Uranus is just appearing out of the morning glow of the Sun.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is in the southeast just before dawn, to the lower right (west) of the Great Square of Pegasus.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

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-PUEBLO FACEBOOK PAGE.

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Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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