Southern Colorado Skies / October 6-12, 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 Great Square of Pegasus is high in the southern sky this week a little after darkness descends. Worth a look with binoculars or a telescope are M15 and M31.

M31, the Andromeda Galaxy (both of the following photos taken from Pueblo West)

M15

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (Virgo/Libra) , Venus (in Virgo), 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!) on October 17th at Centennial High School in Pueblo, 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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