Southern Colorado Skies / November 3-9, 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

Look for Mars in the southeast just before dawn. Spica (in Virgo) is nearby.

Sunday (November 3)

First-quarter Moon at 3:23 a.m. MST.

DID YOU REMEMBER TO FALL BACK? Standard time returned at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, November 3rd.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Libra)

Mercury is in the Sun’s glare beneath Venus.

Venus (in Scorpius/Ophiuchus)

Venus is very low in the southwestern twilight over the mountains. Look to the lower right (west) of Jupiter.

Mars (in Virgo)

The red planet will be just above the east-southeastern horizon a little before sunrise (see above graphic).

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter is obvious low in the southwest just after dark. Look for a bright white “star” to the upper left (east) of Venus.

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

Saturn is low in the south-southwest just after dusk. Look for a  yellowish “star” to the left (east) of Jupiter.

Uranus (in Aries)

Uranus is high in the east about 8:00 p.m. It crosses the meridian in the south (as high in the sky as it gets) about 11:00 p.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

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

CHRISTA McCAULIFFE PLANETARIUM UPCOMING EVENTS

November 12: Public Show – “UNIVERSE”

This program spans culture changes from astrology to astronomy and the time between the “Big Bang” to present day. There will be two shows each evening, at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Each program lasts about one hour and includes a brief tour of the night sky. There will be no late seating. Adults are $5, students with ID $2, and those under five are free. Payment by cash or check only.

Location: Centennial High School in Pueblo

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Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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