Southern Colorado Skies / November 24-30, 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 joined by the crescent Moon later this week around Sagittarius.

On Saturday, November 23rd, Venus was located just below Jupiter, as shown in this image. In a few days, Venus will have moved above and to the left (east) of Jupiter as shown above.

Let’s not forget Mars and Mercury – they appear together at dawn this week.

 

Sunday (November 22)

Venus and Jupiter will be less than 2 degrees apart – look to the southwest at dusk.

Tuesday (November 26)

New Moon at 8:06 a.m. MST. 

Thursday (November 28)

The crescent Moon hangs out just above bright Venus over the mountains during late dusk (see above graphic).

Did you know that the Sun actually sets earlier on Thanksgiving than on Christmas, although Christmas is near the winter solstice? Blame the tilt of the Earth’s axis for this anomaly. The total amount of daylight is balanced out by the earlier sunrise leading up to the solstice – the Sun doesn’t rise its latest until January 4th.

Friday (November 29)

Now the crescent Moon hangs out just below Saturn over the mountains during late dusk (see above graphic).

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Libra)

Look for Mercury low in the east-southeast later this week as dawn breaks (see above graphic).

Venus and Jupiter (both in Sagittarius)

These planets appear in the twilight as shown in the above graphic, and dance back and forth all week.

Mars (in Virgo)

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

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 after dark. It crosses the meridian in the south (as high in the sky as it gets) later in the evening.

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 high in the southern sky just after dark.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

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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