Southern Colorado Skies / November 17-23, 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

Saturn, Jupiter and Venus are all together for your viewing pleasure.

Tuesday (November 19)

Last-quarter Moon at 3:11 p.m. MST.

Thursday (November 21)

Meteor “outburst” expected tonight? See article at https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/intense-meteor-outburst-expected-alpha-monocerotids/.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Libra)

By Friday, Mercury will make an appearance on the east-southeast horizon about 1/2 hour before sunrise. Binoculars will help, but watch out for the rising Sun!

Venus (in Ophiuchus/Sagittarius) and Jupiter (in Sagittarius)

Both planets are low in the southwestern twilight over the mountains. Jupiter is close to and almost directly over Venus on November 22nd and 23rd (see above graphic).

Mars (in Virgo)

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

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

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

Uranus (in Aries)

Uranus is high in the east about 7:30 p.m. It crosses the meridian in the south (as high in the sky as it gets) about 10:00 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 dark.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

There will be a membership meeting this Thursday (November 21) at 6:30 p.m. in the Brett Kelly B room of the Rawlings Library. Dr. Bill Brown will present: “Lightning – More Than a Flash and a Loud Noise.”

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

 

 

CHRISTA McCAULIFFE PLANETARIUM UPCOMING EVENTS

December Public Show – “The Mystery of the Christmas Star”

This feature examines the possible events in space that might have guided the Magi from present-day Iraq to Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago. Due to popular demand in past years, there will be four showings: program times are 7:00 and 8:00 PM on Tuesday, December 10th,  and again at 7:00 and 8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 18th. There will be no late seating. Adults are $5, Students with ID $2 and those under five years old are free. Payment may 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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