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 this week for observations and photos. Later in the week look for the Moon to pass through the scene as shown in the following graphic.
First-quarter Moon at 4:55 a.m. MDT.
Saturn is at opposition (in line with and on the same side of the Sun as the Earth). This means it’s high in the south (best viewing position) about midnight, and it’s visible all night. Saturn appears to the upper left (east) of the Sagittarius ‘teapot’ – see above graphic.
Mercury and Mars (in Cancer)
Both planets are obscured by the sunset this week.
Venus (in Gemini)
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 just before midnight. (See above graphic.)
Saturn (in Sagittarius)
Saturn is low in the southeast just after dusk. Look for a yellowish “star” to the lower left (east) Jupiter. (See above graphic.) As noted above, Saturn will be at opposition on July 9th.
Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)
Uranus is low in the east just before dawn.
Neptune (in Aquarius)
Neptune is high in the south-southeast just before dawn.
SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS
SCAS will host a star gaze at the Lake Pueblo State Park Visitors Center (free access from the south entrance) this Friday (July 12th). There will be a presentation in the auditorium starting about 8:00, followed by star gazing with members’ telescopes in the parking lot after dark.
The next SCAS general membership meeting will be held on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Brett Kelly B Room of the Rawlings Library. Dr. Bill Brown will make a presentation: “Everything you need to know about asteroids from our beginning to our possible end.”
FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING SCAS ACTIVITIES, REFER TO THE SCAS FACEBOOK PAGE.
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