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November 2017: Skies Ove…

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November 2017: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville The skies of November are going to be relatively quiet. All bright planets are clustered around dusk or dawn and will not be especially easy to see. I had initially written an article about the total eclipse of August and the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physics to the discoverers of […]

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October 2017: Skies Over…

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October 2017: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Jupiter will be visible for only a few days in the western twilight at the beginning of October. It will reach conjunction with the sun on October 26 and then it will reappear in the morning skies around November 7. Saturn will, however, will be visible low in the southwest twilight throughout […]

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September 2017: Skies Ov…

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September 2017: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville September 1: Look to the southwest about 45 minutes after sunset. Jupiter will be close to the horizon and Spica will be below it. Above, some 20 degrees away, will be brilliant Arcturus. September 6: Full moon September 11: Just after sunset look for Jupiter and Spica close together. September 22: Equinox […]

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August 2017: Skies Over …

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August 2017: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville This is the month of the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21. First, let’s see what is in the sky before that event. August 2: Saturn will be below and to the left of the moon. August 7/8:  Full moon. This is the eclipse season when often there are connected eclipses […]

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July 2017: Skies Over Cr…

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July 2017: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville At the beginning of July, Jupiter will be the planet that dominates the southwestern sky in the evening, setting about 1am. Saturn will be at its highest at midnight and, off to the east, Venus will rise about two and a half hours before the sun. July 1: In the southwest, the […]

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June 2017: Skies Over Cr…

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June 2017: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Jupiter will dominate our evening skies throughout June. This bright planet lies a little to the right of Spica throughout the month. It ceases its retrograde movement on June 9 and will progress toward Spica, passing it on September 11. Saturn rises at sunset and sets at sunrise throughout June. It reached […]

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May 2017: Skies Over Cre…

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May 2017: Skies Over Crestone

In these warm May evenings, bring your binoculars and look for the four moons of Jupiter. It’s a great sight to see them changing their position each night. On May 1, to the west of Jupiter will be its most distant moon, Callisto and Ganymede. To the east and closer to the planet, you might […]

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April 2017: Skies Over C…

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April 2017: Skies Over Crestone

      by Kim Malville Mercury reaches its greatest height in the sky on the first of the month. Look in the west, some 30 to 45 minutes after sunset. It will set about 90 minutes after sunset. Mars will be visible about 15° above Mercury on this day. But, catch rapidly moving Mercury […]

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March 2017: Skies Over C…

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March 2017: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville   Venus has been dominating our evening skies these past few months. In March it drops suddenly from 32° in the western skies to 0° in four weeks. Venus passes the sun on March 25, when the planet sets 14 minutes after the sun at our latitude. Quite remarkably, it will also […]

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February 2017: Skies Ove…

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February 2017: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Jan 31: Close approach of the moon to brilliant Venus, which will be first visible soon after sunset around 5:40pm. Venus will set around 9pm, depending on your horizon. Feb 3: First quarter moon February 10: Full Moon and partial eclipse of the moon. It will be a very subtle darkening of […]

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January 2017: Skies Over…

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January 2017: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville This month the western sky after sunset is going to be dominated by Venus, which reaches its greatest height above the horizon on January 12. Above it you will find dimmer and redder Mars. Jupiter rises around midnight and will be high in the south at dawn. January 1, 2, and 3. […]

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December 2016: Skies Ove…

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December 2016: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville In the evening, Venus will be getting brighter and higher in the southwestern skies at dusk this month. It will remain in the sky three hours after sunset at the start of the moon, increasing to three and a half hours at the end of the month. Not only does it get […]

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November 2016: Skies Ove…

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November 2016: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville This is the month for lovers of Venus. The brilliant planet rises higher and higher in the evening throughout the month. Its altitude at sunset increases from 16 ° to 22 °, getting brighter every night. Venus is bright because of its cloud cover, but below it lies the hottest planet in […]

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October 2016: Skies Over…

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October 2016: Skies Over Crestone

  by Kim Malville  October 3: Low on the western horizon look for the thin crescent moon above Venus October 5: The moon has moved higher, now close to Saturn. Look below Saturn to see twinkling red Antares in the southwest. October 20-22: The Orionid meteor shower will peak early in the morning of October […]

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September 2016: Skies Ov…

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September 2016: Skies Over Crestone

The first two weeks of September lie in the current eclipse season. There will be an annular solar eclipse visible in Africa on September 1 and then two weeks later there will be a lunar eclipse visible practically everywhere on the earth but the Americas. But, despair not. Next summer on August 21 we shall […]

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August 2016: Skies Over …

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August 2016: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville August is the very best month of the year for us in the northern hemisphere to spot meteors. Beloved by campers in the summer, it is a time for sleeping outside without a tent. The Perseids begin to appear in late July and reach their peak on August 12. If you watch […]

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July 2016: Skies Over Cr…

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July 2016: Skies Over Crestone

  by Kim Malville This is a glorious month for planets; all eight planets will appear in our skies.  Jupiter is in the west at dusk, lying between the constellations of Leo and Virgo. Mars, as red and spectacular as ever, is in Scorpius. To its left left is Saturn, which is whiter and fainter. […]

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June 2016: Skies Over Cr…

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June 2016: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Three bright planets are visible in the evening skies. The two brightest are Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Libra. Saturn is a little fainter, appearing to the east in Scorpio.  June 17: The Moon, Saturn, and Mars will form a wide triangle. The Moon will be above Antares, the red heart […]

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May 2016: Skies Over Cre…

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May 2016: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville May 5 & 6: The Eta Aquarid meteors occur when the Earth passes through the debris dropped by Halley’s Comet as its moves along its orbit. This year we pass close to the center of this debris cloud. The best time for viewing these meteors will be just before dawn on these […]

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April 2016: Skies Over C…

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April 2016: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville April 9: For two weeks Mercury will be visible after the fading of twilight on the west-northwest. On April 9 you will find Mercury close to the horizon and to the right of the slender crescent moon. April 10: Occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon- This is something special! Aldebaran is the […]

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March 2016: Skies Over C…

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March 2016: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville The month of March has two eclipses, a total solar eclipse in Indonesia on March 8-9 and a partial lunar eclipse, two weeks later, on March 23. The lunar eclipse, which will not be dramatic, will be at its deepest at 5:45am. You should be able so sense that the moon looks […]

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