Southern Colorado Skies / September 29 – October 5, 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 crescent Moon has a close encounter with Jupiter midweek …

… then the Moon comes close to Saturn a couple of days later.

Thursday (October 3)

The Moon appears just to the left (east) of Jupiter (see above graphic).

Saturday (October 5)

Now the Moon appears just to the left of Saturn (see above graphic).

First-quarter Moon at 10:47 a.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury, Venus, and Mars  (in Virgo)

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

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter is obvious low in the 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) of Jupiter.

Uranus (in Aries)

Uranus is high in the east about 10:00 p.m., and crosses the meridian in the south (as high in the sky as it gets) about 2:00 a.m.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is already high in the southeast just after dusk, and crosses the meridian about 11:00 p.m.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

There will be no SCAS membership meeting as regularly scheduled for October 17th; all SCAS members are encouraged instead to attend the MESO event (bring your family!) at Centennial High School in Pueblo on October 17th, where School District 60 is hosting the Mobile Earth Space Observatory from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 pm. There will be solar and stargazing, science exhibits and demonstrations, FREE PLANETARIUM SHOWS, and other science education-related activities.

 

 

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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