Southern Colorado Skies / October 20-26, 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

Mars is finally back in view after it’s long sabbatical behind the Sun. Look for it just barely above the morning horizon.

Monday (October 21)

Last-quarter Moon at 6:39 a.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

PLANETS

Mercury and Venus (in Libra)

Both planets are very low in the western twilight over the mountains to the west-southwest. Finding Venus first may make this task easier, then look a little east (left) for much dimmer Mercury. Binoculars will help (watch out for the Sun!).

Mars (in Virgo)

The red planet will be just above the eastern horizon just before sunrise (see above graphic).

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 9:00 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 southern sky just after dusk.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

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Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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