Southern Colorado Skies / August 18-24, 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.

A sure sign that summer is nearing an end is the appearance of Orion on the eastern horizon before daybreak.

Friday (August 23)

Last-quarter Moon at 8:56 a.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Cancer)

Look for Mercury in the early dawn toward the east-northeast. About 40 minutes before sunrise would be good, but don’t confuse it with the star Procyon to its west (right).

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).

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 south just before dawn.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is already high in the southeast before midnight and crosses the meridian in the south about 2:00 a.m.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

The next SCAS general membership meeting will be on Thursday, September 19th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Brett Kelly B room of the Rawlings Library. Walter Russell will talk about capturing and measuring asteroids with a telescope.

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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