Southern Colorado Skies / May 12-18, 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

The Moon travels through Leo. The recent photo (after the graphic) shows M65 and M66, located near a “hind leg” of Leo as indicated in the graphic (M65 is on top in the photo).

 

Saturday (May 18)

Full Moon at 3:11 p.m. MDT.

DAYLIGHT

 

PLANETS

Mercury (in Aries)

Mercury is lost in the glare of the Sun.

Venus (in Pisces/Aries)

Binoculars will help you find Venus barely above the horizon about 20 minutes before sunrise (watch out for the rising Sun!).

Mars (in Taurus)

Mars is in its best viewing position low in the west at dusk. It’s tiny now — just an orange speck in Taurus.

Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)

Jupiter rises about 11 p.m. and is in good viewing position in the south about 3 a.m. Jupiter is growing larger as it approaches opposition on June 10th.

Saturn (in Sagittarius)

Look for yellowish Saturn to the lower left (east) Jupiter.

Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)

Uranus is lost in the Sun’s glare this week.

Neptune (in Aquarius)

Neptune is barely visible just before dawn.

SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS

The next SCAS membership meeting will be this Thursday, May 16th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bret Kelly B conference room at the Rawlings Public Library. Dave Furry will present “Why is Pluto No Longer a Planet? – A view of the Modern Solar System.”

On May 31st SCAS will host a star gaze at the CSU-Pueblo observatory (the 22-inch telescope is working again!).

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

A LINK TO THE SCAS SUMMER SCHEDULE IS INCLUDED WITH THIS EMAIL.

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 Carpe noctem

Dave Furry

Pueblo West, Colorado

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