Southern Colorado Astronomical Society
June 2018
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SCAS Board
Meeting at Village
Inn, See below for
Details
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Stargaze at Lake
Pueblo
See Below
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Star Gaze at
Lathrop State
Park
See Below
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Stargaze Under the
Observatory
See Below
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SCAS Monthly
Meeting
Magnitudes
See to the right
for details.
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June 2018
CURRENT MOON
As CSU-Pueblo continues a process of repair
on the observatory the Southern Colorado
Astronomical Society continues the tradition of
hosting a Public Night at the facility.  While we
cannot offer the view from a 20-inch telescope,
we can offer a view that nearly rivals that of the
large telescope; a view that will help you
Discover Your Inner Astronomer.

Our summer series of Public Night under the
Observatory continues Friday June 15th from
8pm until 10pm and everyone is invited.  Join
us at the base of Observatory Hill as members
of the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society
set up state of the art high power telescopes.  
Witness breath taking views of distant stellar
nurseries where stars are being created.  See
the most ancient citizens of our Milky Way
Galaxy and Universe, Globular Clusters, as
they gleam from the halo of our galaxy.  Visit
the planets of our solar system where robotic
ambassadors from Earth now conduct
research. And if you are lucky watch a shooting
star burn across the sky or see a satellite catch
light from our local star and reflect it to our
eyes.  Stories from antiquity for all to enjoy,
NASA handouts to enhance your knowledge of
the night sky and more.  Help us keep a Pueblo
tradition alive and well while the observatory
undergoes repair.  Trust us, Your Inner
Astronomer will thank you.
Stargaze at the Lake, Friday June
8th beginning at 8pm.  Lake
Pueblo Visitors Center

Is that a star or a planet?  What constellation is that?  How close is the nearest
star to Earth?  So many questions when we gaze into the night sky and yet we
so enjoy looking up.  For thousands of years our ancestors gazed towards the
heavens; understanding the passing of the seasons, when to plant the seed
and when to harvest the crop, when the longest night was nigh and when the
longest day called for celebration.  Our ancestors had a little astronomer as
part of who they were.  Now we look up and feel lost.  Let’s together Discover
Your Inner Astronomer.

The Southern Colorado Astronomical Society holds its popular and successful
summer series Stargaze at the Lake Friday June 8th.  Now in its 7th
consecutive season SCAS has educated hundreds of guests at this weekend
escape location.  Join us in the auditorium to start the night as we teach
observing techniques then cover what’s in the sky that evening.  Once we have
finished the power point presentation it’s time to move outside to the highly
anticipated star gaze.  Look through society members telescopes as we tour
the jewels found near and far and learn about those very same treasures.  
Trace out constellations, find the north star, learn that the star you see is
actually a planet.  This is free to attend and everyone of all ages is welcome.   
At the end of the night your inner astronomer will thank you.
Shedding Some Light on Magnitudes
- presented by Dave Furry

What is magnitude?
What is the difference between luminance and magnitude?
How and why did that "backwards" magnitude scale get started?
How did early astronomers measure magnitude?
How do modern astronomers measure magnitude?

How dim a star or planet can you see with your telescope? Is it worth the money to
upgrade?

All of these questions will be addressed, and more, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June
21st, in Room 108 of the CSU-Pueblo Math/Physics Building. See you there!
Cancelled due to
Cloud Cover