Graphic from Stellarium showing the Moon above the southeastern horizon with Jupiter on its left and Saturn on the right distances listed

Moon sandwiched between Jupiter and Saturn

Oct. 6, 2022

Let the Moon be your guide tonight to spot massive Jupiter on its left and ringed-Saturn on its right. In terms of light travel time, you’ll see the Moon as it was a little over a second ago, Jupiter about 30 minutes ago and Saturn as it was 80 minutes...

Graphic from Stellarium showing the constellation of Perseus above the Northeastern horizon with the star Algol notated

Algol - The Demon star

Oct. 1, 2022

Algol is known as the demon star! A fascinating variable in Perseus that looks like a single magnitude 2.1 star to the unaided eye, but is actually a 3-star system. It dips to mag 3.4 every 2.8 days when 1 of the stars partially eclipses the other. The main binary...

Photo of Jupiter's Southern Hemisphere by Juno Mission

Jupiter at Opposition

Sept. 26, 2022

Jupiter is at opposition tonight and directly opposite of the Sun, so it’ll rise in the east as the Sun sets and set in the west the Sun rises. Plus, Jupiter is the closest it’s been to Earth since 1963, a mere 367 million miles away. Should be a beautiful...

Photo of aspen trees starting to turn yellow

Fall Equinox

Sept. 22, 2022

Happy Fall Equinox! The Sun is directly over the equator creating an equal amount of daylight and nighttime hours. Enjoy the day and the continuous cycles of change.

Photo of the full Moon image by NASA

Drying Grass Moon

Sept. 9, 2022

Take a stroll after dinner and watch the Sun set as the Full Moon rises in the east. September’s full Moon is known as the Drying Grass Moon by the Arapaho and Cheyenne peoples. Tomorrow, the Moon will be a day past full and will rise with Jupiter.

Graphic from Sky Safari showing the eastern horizon with Venus in the constellation of the Crab next to the Beehive Cluster M44

Venus in the Beehive 

Aug. 18, 2022

Venus is buzzing around the Beehive! Grab your binos before dawn and look eastward, low on the horizon to find our sister planet amongst one of the loveliest open clusters ( M44 ) in the sky. Graphic credit: SkySafari app

Photo of Saturn from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

Saturntime

Aug. 14, 2022

It’s Saturntime! The 2nd largest planet is at opposition tonight, meaning directly opposite of the Sun from our Earthly perspective. Saturn rises in the east as the Sun sets and sets in the west the Sun rises. Enjoy the view all night long!

Photo of the Maroon Bell mountains by Aspen Colorado on top with a graphic from Sky & Telescope on the bottom showing the radiant of the Perseid meteor shower.

Fire in the Sky

Aug. 8, 2022

Have you seen any “fire in the sky” yet? John Denver’s famous song ""Rocky Mountain High"" made the Perseid meteor shower iconic! The shower peaks on the 12-13th as Moon is full, but keep your eye out. You may see a stray bit of fire rainin’ here and there.

Graphic from Stellarium showing the southern horizon with Scorpius and Sagittarius. The Moon is the the upper right of Antares.

Antares

Aug. 6, 2022

The Moon points the way to the heart of the Scorpion tonight - Antares! Also, known as the “Rival of Mars” because of its red color and similar appearance to Mars. This red supergiant star is the 16th brightest star in our sky and a mere 550 light years away...

Artistic illustration of our Milky Way Galaxy annotated to show the center of the galaxy and where the sun is in relation to the spiral arms Milky Way Annotated credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt

EVERYTHING is moving

July 28, 2022

EVERYTHING is moving… Earth spins on its axis, it orbits the Sun, the Solar System is moving within the Local Interstellar Cloud, & the Orion Spur/Arm is going around the center of our Milky Way galaxy—taking 250 million years to turn once. Feeling dizzy? Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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