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.
Wednesday (July 31)
New Moon at 9:12 p.m. MDT.
Mercury (in Gemini), Mars (in Leo), and Venus (in Cancer)
All three planets are obscured by the Sun’s glare this week. (Mercury will stage a comeback next week, but say goodbye to Venus and Mars until October.)
Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)
Jupiter is obvious in the southeast just after dark (see above graphic). The giant planet is in its best observing position in the south about 10 p.m. Here is a link to a Jupiter observing guide: https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/jupiter-is-outstanding-at-opposition/.
Saturn (in Sagittarius)
Saturn is low in the southeast just after dusk. Look for a yellowish “star” to the lower left (east) of Jupiter (see above graphic). Saturn’s rings are open wide and ready for you to have a look!
Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)
Uranus is in the southeast just before dawn.
Neptune (in Aquarius)
Neptune is in the south just before dawn.
SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS
SCAS will host a public star gaze at the Lake Pueblo State Park Visitors Center (free access from the south entrance) on Friday, August 9th. There will be a presentation in the auditorium starting about 7:45 p.m., followed by star gazing with members’ telescopes in the parking lot after dark.
There will be no SCAS general membership meeting in August. The next meeting will be in September.
FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING SCAS ACTIVITIES, REFER TO THE SCAS FACEBOOK PAGE.
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