Southern Colorado Skies / August 11-17, 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 this week for observations and photos.

Look for Mercury on the morning horizon this week, but don’t confuse it with nearby Procyon!

Messier object M57 (the Ring Nebula) appears high in the south about an hour after dark, in the constellation Lyra. (A telescope is required.)

Monday (August 12)

The annual Perseid meteor shower is predicted to peak tonight, but the waxing gibbous Moon will interfere until it sets just before dawn.

Wednesday (August 14)

Full Moon at 6:29 a.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

PLANETS

Mercury (in Cancer)

Look for Mercury in the early dawn toward the east-northeast. About 45 minutes before sunrise would be good.

Venus 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)

Uranus is in the southeast just before dawn.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is already high in the south just before dawn.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

 


Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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