Southern Colorado Skies / September 8-14, 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

Jupiter and Saturn are getting closer to the western horizon at dusk, and won’t be in view much longer.

Early in the evenings week, look for M13, a globular cluster in the constellation Hercules. A telescope is best, but M13 is easily visible with even a small pair of binoculars.

Monday (September 9)

Neptune is at opposition (directly in line and on the same side of the Sun as the Earth), which means it’s due south and highest in the sky around midnight.

Friday (September 13)

Full Harvest Moon at 9:33 p.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

PLANETS

Mercury  and Venus (in Leo/Virgo), and Mars (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 just after dusk (see above graphic). Look for a  yellowish “star” to the lower left (east) Jupiter.

Uranus (in Aries)

Uranus is high in the east before midnight, and crosses the meridian in the south (as high in the sky as it gets) a couple of hours before dawn.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is already high in the southeast by about 10:00 p.m., and reaches opposition this week (see above).

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 asteroid occultations.

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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