Southern Colorado Astronomical Society
May 2018
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SCAS Board
Meeting at Village
Inn, See below for
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Star Gaze at
NWDC,
See Below for
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SCAS Monthly
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Stargaze at
the Lake,
See Below for
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CURRENT MOON
May 2018
Public Night Under the Observatory, May 11th beginning at 8pm at the Nature and Wildlife Discover
Center/CSU-P Observatory

The damage to the observatory was extensive.  In some instances, parts have been custom manufactured to
replace components no longer available.  As CSU-Pueblo continues this sometimes-painful process of repair 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 begins Friday May 11th 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 May 18th 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 beginning May 18th.  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.
Cancelled due to weather.
Cancelled due to weather.