Southern Colorado Skies / July 14-20, 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

Both Saturn and Jupiter continue to be in good positions early in the mornings this week for observations and photos. Early in the week look for the Moon to pass through the scene as shown in the following graphic.

Sunday (July 14)

Look for the Moon between Saturn and Jupiter, as shown in the above graphic.

Monday (July 15)

The Moon is now only a couple degrees from Saturn, as shown in the above graphic.

Tuesday (July 16)

Full Moon at 3:38 p.m. MDT.

Saturday (July 20)

As the Moon rises, consider that exactly 50 years ago humans took their first steps at Tranquillity Base, near the lunar equator.

 

 

 

DAYLIGHT

PLANETS

Mercury and Mars (in Cancer) and Venus (in Gemini)

All three planets are obscured by the Sun’s glare this week.

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).

Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)

Uranus is in the east just before dawn.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is in the south-southeast just before dawn.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

The next SCAS general membership meeting will be held this 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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Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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