Graphic from Stellarium showing the Moon and planet Mars in between the tips of the horns of Taurus - Aldebaran and Betelgeuse are highlighted too in orange

Moon & Mars in the Horns

Oct. 14, 2022

The Moon and Mars are rising in the horns of the Bull tonight! Check out this spectacular sight at 11pm and take a peek at two brilliant orange suns - Aldebaran and Betelgeuse. Graphic credit: Stellarium

Photo of the moon with cottonwood tree on the horizon

Full Moon

Oct. 9, 2022

Full Moon tonight! With all the vibrant colors of fall it’ll make for a picture perfect moment.

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.

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