Southern Colorado Skies / October 27 – November 2, 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

Later this week the crescent Moon moves past Saturn, low in the south-southwest sky.

Friday (November 1)

The waxing crescent Moon is a few degrees to the lower right (west) of Saturn (see above graphic). Look much farther to the lower right for Jupiter.

Saturday (November 2)

Now Saturn is to the right (west) of the Moon (see above graphic).

FALL BACK!

Standard time returns at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, November 3rd.

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 a little 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 (see above graphic). 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 midnight. Uranus is at opposition on the night of October 27-28.

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

FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING SCAS ACTIVITIES, REFER TO THE SCAS FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

 


Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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