Southern Colorado Skies / September 15-21, 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 waning gibbous Moon passes Aldebaran on its journey through the constellation Taurus.

Friday (September 20)

If you’re up before sunrise, you will be treated to the waning gibbous Moon very close to Aldebaran (see above graphic).

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury  and Venus (in 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. Look for a bright white “star.”

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

Saturn is low in the south just after dusk. Look for a  yellowish “star” to the left (east) Jupiter.

Uranus (in Aries)

Uranus is high in the east about 11:00 p.m., and crosses the meridian in the south (as high in the sky as it gets) about 3:00 a.m.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is already high in the southeast by about 10:00 p.m., and crosses the meridian about midnight.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

The next SCAS general membership meeting will be THIS 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.

 


Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

 

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