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 … and the Moon makes an appearance near Jupiter later in the week.
The constellation Hercules is high in the south-southwest as the sky gets dark. The globular cluster M13 is a favorite sight in Hercules – with a telescope or just binoculars.
Wednesday (August 7)
First-quarter Moon at 11:31 a.m. MDT.
At 5:52 a.m. MDT we officially cross astronomical midsummer – halfway between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox.
Friday (August 9)
The Moon hovers just above Jupiter this evening (see above graphic).
Mercury (in Gemini/Cancer)
Look for Mercury in the early dawn toward the east-northeast. About 45 minutes before sunrise would be good.
Venus (in Cancer) and Mars (in Leo)
Both planets are obscured by the Sun’s glare this week.
Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)
Jupiter is obvious in the south just after dark (see above graphic). 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 south-southeast just after dusk. Look for a yellowish “star” to the lower left (east) 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 already high in the south 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, 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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