Graphic from Sky Safari app showing the silhoutte of a tree with the Moon and Saturn above in the sky

Saturn

Sept. 26, 2023

Is Saturn your favorite planet? Have you always wanted to see it, but didn’t know where to look? Well, you’re in luck! There are few celestial objects that truly look 3D through binoculars or a small telescope. You’ll find this magnificent, ringed-gem above the Moon tonight. Just look for the...

Photo taken through a wooden oval of the mountains and orange leaves from Gothic, Colorado

Fall Equinox

Sept. 23, 2023

Happy Fall Equinox! Our star, the Sun is directly over Earth’s equator today, creating an equal amount of daylight and nighttime hours (equinox comes from the Latin aequus which means equal and nox means night). Enjoy the day and the ever changing cycles of our planet.

Graphic from Sky Safari showing the southwestern horizon with Antares and the Moon in Scorpius

Pretty View to the Southwest

Sept. 20, 2023

Look to the southwest this evening to catch a pretty sight of the waxing crescent Moon with bright, orange Antares to the left. Graphic credit: SkySafari app

Graphic from Sky Safari looking towards the east with bright Venus in view above the trees and the Moon to the left

Venus is Blazing

Sept. 11, 2023

Getting up before the Sun rises isn’t easy for night owls, but early birds will be rewarded with an amazing view of blazing, bright Venus rising in the east about 5:00am. Graphic credit: SkySafari app

Graphic from Stellarium showing a field with the full moon rising and Saturn to it's upper right

Blue Super Moon

Aug. 30, 2023

Enjoy the Full Super Moon tonight rising next to Saturn! Oh, and it’s a Blue Moon. Soak it up, it won’t happen again for several years. See our post from 8/1 for more info. Interested in reading more about our nearest celestial neighbor and the recent Moon landing? Check out...

Graphic from Sky Safari app showing the horizon with trees and yellowish Saturn rising against a star-filled sky

Saturn at Opposition

Aug. 27, 2023

Saturn is at opposition tonight (meaning directly opposite the Sun). So, it rises in the east as the Sun sets and will set in the west the Sun rises tomorrow morning. It’ll look like a yellow jewel in the sky. Enjoy the view all night long! Graphic credit: SkySafari app

Graphic from Stellarium showing the orange star Antares going behind the dark limb of the waxing gibbous Moon

Moon Occults Antares

Aug. 24, 2023

Set up your telescope tonight and watch the Moon occult Antares, the heart of Scorpius. Shortly after 8pm MDT the waxing gibbous Moon will cover the brilliant orange star. Antares will pop back in view about 9:10pm. Check out the International Occultation Timing Association for more info on this event...

Graphic from Sky Safari app of the northeastern horizon with the constellation of Perseus rising and the meteor shower's radiant

Perseid Meteor Shower

Aug. 12, 2023

Make sure you catch the Perseid Meteor Shower this year. It peaks on the night of August 12th thru the morning of the 13th. Start watching at 10pm when the constellation Perseus rises over the northeastern horizon. The Moon won’t interfere with our view this year, so you’ll be able...

Graphic from Stellarium showing the southeastern horizon and the Moon and Jupiter in the sky with the approach of dawn

Conjunction of the Moon & Jupiter

Aug. 8, 2023

Early risers will be treated to a pretty view of the last quarter Moon and the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. The two celestial beauties won’t be this close together again until October of 2026. Graphic credit: Stellarium

Photo of the Moon in ultraviolet light by the Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope carried by the Astro-2 Shuttle mission in March 1995. 

Blue Moons

Aug. 1, 2023

You’ve probably heard the phrase, "...once in a blue Moon." The expression refers to something that doesn’t happen very often. But, what does it really mean? And, does the Moon actually turn blue? The full lunar cycle takes 29.5 days, so typically there aren’t two full Moons within the same...

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