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February 2016: Skies Ov…

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February 2016:  Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Venus will be obvious in the mornings of the beginning of February. It will be the brightest object above the southeastern horizon.  Mercury will be close to the horizon and difficult to see for those who live close to the mountains. To the far right of the arc of planets is Jupiter, […]

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January 2016: Skies Over…

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January 2016: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville January 1: In the first week of January, the planet Mercury can be seen low in the southwestern 5:40pm sky. To the left of Mercury are the two brightest stars of Capricornus with Alpha on top and Beta below. January 2: The Earth is closest to the sun for the year, at […]

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December 2015: Skies Ov…

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December 2015:  Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville December 7 – Conjunction of the Moon and Venus. In the morning of December 7 the crescent moon will come within 2° of bright planet Venus. December 13/14 and 14/15 – Geminids Meteor Shower. The Geminids is the Queen of the meteor showers, the best shower in the heavens. This year the […]

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November 2015: Skies Ove…

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November 2015: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville The biggest planet spectacle occurs in the east before dawn where Jupiter rises around 3am to be followed by brilliant Venus and dimmer Mars. November 2-4: Mars and Venus move close to each other on these three mornings. Jupiter lies above and to the left. November 7:  A waning crescent moon is […]

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October 2015: Skies Over…

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October 2015: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville The brightest object in the sky this month will be Venus in the early morning hours. It is brilliant and unmistakable, looking like a brightly lighted UFO coming in for a landing. There are two planetary conjunctions this month. That is the good news. The bad news is that they are early […]

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September 2015: Skies Ov…

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September 2015: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Spectacular total lunar eclipse September 27 This will be a big one! A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into the shadow of the earth. This particular moon will be a super-moon, when the moon is very close to the earth, at perihelion in its orbit. In fact, it will be […]

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August 2015: Skies Over …

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August 2015: Skies Over Crestone

August 2015 Saturn is the only bright planet visible after twilight this month and dominates the skies in the south-southwest after sunset. The ringed planet lies in eastern Libra (the Scales, which used to be the pinchers of Scorpio) about 10° west of Antares. On these warm August evenings you might enjoy looking upward to […]

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July 2015: Skies Over Cr…

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July 2015: Skies Over Crestone

What’s happening in the sky? July 1: The month starts out with Venus and Jupiter really close to each other, low in the western sky. Follow them as they move apart during the month. July 14: Mark your calendar. The New Horizons space craft passes Pluto. 6-7:15pm—NASA TV program. The New Horizons spacecraft will send […]

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June 2015: Skies Over Cr…

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June 2015: Skies Over Crestone

    by Kim Malville The planets of June June is a great month for hanging out at night, and this June will be especially rewarding. Two of our brightest planets, Jupiter and Venus, come together for a conjunction at the end of the month.  These very bright worlds will be impossible to miss. Venus […]

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May 2015: Skies Over Cre…

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May 2015: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville The night sky of May Summer is coming!  Now is the time to start spending more time outside at night. The most brilliant star in the evening skies looking south is ruddy Arcturus, halfway up the sky. Arcturus is similar in mass to the sun but it is nearly 3 billion years […]

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April 2015: Skies Over C…

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April 2015: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s happening in April Venus is the brilliant object in the western skies this month, remaining visible for slightly more than three hours after sunset.  Jupiter, a little fainter than Venus, lies in Cancer, between the constellations of Gemini and Leo. It is due south at dusk and stops moving retrograde on […]

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March 2015: Skies Over …

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March 2015:  Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s happening in the skies this month Jupiter is the king this month, brilliant, half-way up the sky between the constellations of Cancer and Leo. Just to the left of Jupiter is Regulus the brightest star in its vicinity. Compare how differently each twinkles. Jupiter should be steady like a rock, but […]

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February 2015: Skies Ove…

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February 2015: Skies Over Crestone

The skies this month February 1: Mercury is visible below the thin crescent moon low in the western skies about 45 minutes after sunset. February 3: Full moon February 10: The moon lies in the Milky Way just below Jupiter in the constellation of Gemini. To the left of Jupiter you will find the bright […]

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January 2015: Skies Over…

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January 2015: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville The month starts out with Mars low on the western horizon in the constellation of Capricorn. It moves eastward into Aquarius on January 8. Jupiter is in Leo, rising about 8pm. By the end of the month, Jupiter is easily visible in the early evening above the eastern mountains. January 3/4: The […]

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December 2014: Skies Ove…

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December 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville This month in the sky December 5: Aldebaran will be very close to the almost full moon. December 13/14: Geminid meteors best viewed just before midnight, before the last quarter moon rises. December 21: Shortest day of the year: December solstice at 4:03pm. MST. December 22: Look for a thin crescent moon […]

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November 2014: Skies Ove…

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November 2014: Skies Over Crestone

  by Kim Malville The skies of November November is a three-planet month, two of which can be viewed from Crestone. Mars is the bright planet visible at dusk low in the southwestern sky in the constellation of Sagittarius. It sets about 3 1/2 hours after the sun. Jupiter rises at 1am in the beginning […]

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October 2014: Skies Over…

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October 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville October will be an extraordinary month for eclipses. On October 8 there will be a total lunar eclipse in the pre-dawn hours. The first hint of the eclipse shadow should be visible around 2:45am MDT, growing in magnitude to the onset of the partial eclipse at 3:13. The total eclipse starts at […]

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September 2014: Skies Ov…

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September 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Overhead in the August evenings is the super-constellation known as the Summer Triangle. It consists of three of the brightest stars of the northern skies: Vega, which is directly overhead at 9pm in early September; Altair, below it to the south; and Deneb to the northeast. Each one of these stars is […]

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August 2014: Skies Over …

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August 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville August brings the Perseid meteor shower back into our skies and provides a good reason for camping without a tent.  Typically, at its peak around August 12, there are 100 meteors visible per hour, when the sky is dark.  This year the moon will be two days past full moon on August […]

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July 2014: Skies Over Cr…

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July 2014: Skies Over Crestone

  by Kim Malville The skies of July During the warm nights of July the Milky Way is at its best. The constellation of Scorpius lie to the south.  It’s a wonderful area of the sky because it actually looks like a scorpion with a curved tail containing pinchers (also called “cats eyes”). Its brightest […]

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June 2014: Skies Over Cr…

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June 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s in the sky this month? June 7: The moon moves beneath Mars June 10: The moon is below and to the left of Saturn June 21: The longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.  June solstice occurs at 4:51 local time. This is the longest night of the year […]

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