Southern Colorado Skies / October 13-19, 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

Last week I posted a chart and photos for two Messier objects – M31 and M15. This week I am adding nearby M2 (lower right in the following chart), a globular cluster in Aquarius – also almost due south shortly after dark this week. A nice view in binoculars, but even better in a small telescope. M2 is located about 50,000 light-years from Earth.

Sunday (October 13)

Full Moon at 3:08 p.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS 

Mercury (in Libra)

Look very low in the western twilight over the mountains to the west-southwest. Finding Venus first may make this task easier, then look about a hands-width east (left) for much dimmer Mercury. Binoculars are required (watch out for the Sun!).

Venus (in Virgo/Libra)

Venus is very low in the western twilight over the mountains to the west-southwest only about 20 minutes after sunset. Binoculars will help (watch out for the Sun!).

Mars (in Virgo)

The red planet will be just above the eastern horizon just before sunrise.

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 between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. It crosses the meridian in the south (as high in the sky as it gets) about 1:00 a.m.

Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune are available at https://s22380.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/WEB_UrNep_2019-2020_updated.pdf.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is already high in the southeast just after dusk, and crosses the meridian about 10:00 p.m.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

There will be no SCAS membership meeting as regularly scheduled for this Thursday; 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.

 


Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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