Southern Colorado Skies / September 1-7, 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

The Moon skates by Jupiter and Saturn this week.

Between 9:00 and 10:00 this evening all week, look for M31, the Great Andromeda Galaxy, high in the east. Binoculars may be required but M31 is visible without them from reasonably dark sites.

 

Thursday (September 5)

First-quarter Moon at 9:10 p.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

PLANETS

Mercury ,Venus, and Mars (all in Leo)

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

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter is obvious in the south-southwest 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 high in the east around midnight, and crosses the meridian in the south (as high in the sky as it gets) just before dawn.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is already high in the southeast by about 10:30 p.m., and is highest in the south about 1:30 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 in 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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