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/.
Both Saturn and Jupiter continue to be in good positions early in the mornings this week for observations and photos.
Mercury and Mars hang out between Gemini and Cancer.
Tuesday (June 25)
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, which depicts the planets a couple days later.)
Wednesday (June 19)
Last-quarter Moon at 3:46 a.m. MDT.
Mercury and Mars (in Gemini/Cancer)
Early in the week (see above graphic) look for Mercury and Mars about an hour after sunset in the west-northwest. Binoculars may be required.
Venus (in Taurus)
Binoculars will help you find Venus barely above the horizon about 15 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 near 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.) Saturn will be at opposition (on the same side and in-line with the Sun as Earth) on July 9th.
Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)
Uranus is low in the east just before dawn.
Neptune (in Aquarius)
Neptune is in the southeast just before dawn.
SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS
SCAS has been invited to host a solar gaze at Lake Pueblo State Park on Saturday, June 29th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., as part of their “summer fun” day” at the Swim Beach (see poster, below). Note that a park pass will be required to participate. Your help is appreciated, whether you bring a solar scope or just help out. You don’t have to be at the solar gaze all the time, and you can get involved in the other many activities while you’re there. Please contact Dave Furry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested. It’s important to contact Dave so he can advise you if the event is canceled or additional information is available.
FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING SCAS ACTIVITIES, REFER TO THE SCAS FACEBOOK PAGE.
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