Southern Colorado Skies / November 10-16, 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

Track the waning gibbous Moon through Gemini later in the week.

Monday (November 11)

Mercury transits (crosses in front of) the Sun this morning. The transit begins before sunrise in the Pueblo area and ends at 11:04 a.m. MST. Use a safe solar filter if you plan to view it! (My photo below shows the transit of Mercury in 2016. Mercury is the tiny dot just below the center of the Sun.)

If it’s cloudy on Monday morning (as predicted, unfortunately) you can catch the action at https://www.virtualtelescope.eu/2019/10/16/the-11-november-2019-mercury-transit-online-observing-session/.

Tuesday (November 12)

Full Moon at 6:34 a.m. MST.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Libra)

Mercury is lost in the Sun’s glare.

Venus (in Ophiuchus)

Venus is very low in the southwestern twilight over the mountains. Look to the lower right (west) of Jupiter (Venus and Jupiter will pass within a degree or two of each other later in the month).

Mars (in Virgo)

The red planet will be just above the east-southeastern horizon a little before sunrise. (See last week’s graphic for a guide.)

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus/Sagittarius)

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

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

Saturn is 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 years old are free. Payment can be 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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