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May 2014: Skies Over Cre…

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May 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s in the sky this month? May 5-7: In the early morning hours there is one of year’s best meteor showers for folks in the southern hemisphere, the Eta Aquariids. A few of these meteors may reach to northern skies as earthgrazers, skimming across the upper atmosphere, like skipping rocks in a […]

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April 2014: Skies Over C…

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April 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s happening in the skies this month? April 3: The crescent moon passes through the Hyades star cluster, slightly above and to the right of bright red Aldebaran (the bloodshot eye of Taurus, the Bull). The leading edge of the moon will be dark and will occult (hide) several of the medium-bright […]

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March 2014: Skies Over C…

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March 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s happening in the skies this month? March 1: The Red Planet Mars becomes retrograde. Watch it move relative to Spica, from east to west. March 3: Saturn reaches its stationary point and begins retrograde. March 6: Jupiter has ceased its retrograde motion. On this day it is stationary, moving neither to […]

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February 2014: Skies Ove…

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February 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s happening in the skies this month? Jupiter dominates the skies this month. It is in retrograde in Gemini, moving slowly to the west. Try out some binoculars to view its brightest four inner moons, which nightly change their positions. In the early evening the constellation of Orion will be due south. […]

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January 2014: Skies Over…

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January 2014: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s in the sky this month? January 2: Look for the thin crescent moon to the upper left of Venus some 45 minutes after sunset. January 3: A short but sweet Quadrantid meteor shower, lasting for a few hours just before dawn. January 5: Jupiter is in opposition to the sun in […]

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December 2013: Skies Ove…

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December 2013: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s in the sky this month? The great mystery of December will be comet ISON. Is it alive or dead? The comet is just appearing as a faint object near Spica in the morning skies as I write this column in mid-November. It will pass through a baptism by fire in the […]

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November 2013: Skies Ove…

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November 2013: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s happening in the sky this month? November 3: A partial solar eclipse will be visible from the eastern shores of the US, southern Europe, and most of Africa. November 6: Look to the southwest for a slender crescent moon paired with Venus November 17:  Full moon November 17/18: In the evening […]

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October 2013: Skies Over…

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October 2013: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville What’s happening in the sky this month? Venus continues to be the brightest planet in the sky, hanging close to the southwest horizon. At the start of the month, Venus sets 1 hour and 45 minutes after the sun. By the end of October it hangs around for 2 hours and 30 […]

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September 2013: Skies Ov…

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September 2013: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Almanac Venus is low in the southwest throughout September and deserves watching, getting into various encounters with Spica, the Moon, and Saturn. September 5/6:  Look for first magnitude star Spica twinkling madly below Venus September 8: Venus and the moon will get really close. As viewed from Brazil, Argentina,   Uruguay, and […]

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August 2013: Skies Over …

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August 2013: Skies Over Crestone

  by Kim Malville Almanac Venus is low in the evening sky, setting about 1½ hours after sunset. The planet starts the month at the western side of Virgo, moving rapidly toward Spice throughout the month. At the beginning of August Saturn becomes visible about 45 minutes after sunset some 30° above the southwestern horizon, […]

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July 2013: Skies Over Cr…

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July 2013: Skies Over Crestone

  by Kim Malville Almanac July 5: The earth reaches its greatest distance from the sun (aphelion). It’s a nice paradox. You’d thing the earth should be colder with sun farther away. However, because of the tilt of the earth’s northern axis toward the sun at June solstice, June is warmer in the northern hemisphere. […]

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June 2013: Skies Over Cr…

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June 2013: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville This month’s sky June 1-13: About 45 minutes after sunset look to the northwest for Mercury and Venus. This will be the best opportunity to view Mercury this year, which will be above the brighter Venus. Mercury will be highest in the sky on June 6 and 7. A few days later,  […]

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May 2013: Skies Over Cre…

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May 2013: Skies Over Crestone

A triple planet spectacular this month May 10: An annular Eclipse will occur in Australia May 11 and 12: At dusk a beautiful thin crescent moon will lie below Jupiter on May 11 and will move to the upper left of Jupiter on May 12. Venus starts to appear in the evening sky, close to the horizon, […]

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April 2013: Skies Over C…

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April 2013: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Almanac Jupiter, in the constellation of Taurus, dominates the evening skies. Later in the month Saturn will be easily visible, moving retrograde toward Spica. April 12-14: Watch the crescent moon move through the sky, past the Pleiades, Aldebaran, and finally Jupiter April 22: Lyrid Meteor Shower: This collection of meteors coming out […]

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March 2013: Skies Over C…

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March 2013: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Almanac Jupiter continues to dominate the evening skies. It is in the constellation of Taurus close to Aldebaran, the red eye of the Bull. A large trapezoid is formed by Jupiter, Aldebaran, Betelguese and Capella. March 1-2: Saturn rises about 11pm close to the waning moon, and they travel together throughout the […]

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February 2013: Skies Ove…

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February 2013: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Almanac Jupiter reigns supreme throughout the month, setting around midnight. It ceased its retrograde motion on January 30 and now glides smoothly to the east, moving away from the Pleiades, toward Aldebaran. Saturn rises about two hours after Jupiter sets. February 1-10: The first ten days of February is a great time […]

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January 2013: Skies over…

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January 2013: Skies over Crestone

Skies Over Crestone by Kim Malville Almanac Jupiter continues to dominate the evening skies, brighter than any star in the sky. It is below the Pleiades star cluster and above red Aldebaran the blood-hot eye of the Taurus, the Bull. Jupiter keeps moving retrograde (westward) until January 30. January 2: On this day the earth is […]

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December 2012: Skies ove…

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December 2012: Skies over Crestone

by Kim Malville Almanac December 2: Jupiter will be in opposition to the Sun, rising at sunset, reaching its highest at midnight, and setting at sunrise. This will be one of the closest passages to Earth in Jupiter’s 12-year orbit, and the giant planet will dominate our night skies. Jupiter will be in Taurus, above […]

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November 2012: Skies ove…

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November 2012: Skies over Crestone

by Kim Malville Sky Almanac Mars is low on the southwestern horizon at sunset. Jupiter rises soon after sunset. At the beginning of the month at 10pm look for Jupiter as it cruises through the constellation of Taurus. Venus is spectacular well before dawn and moves past Spica in mid-month. November 1: The moon and […]

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October 2012: Skies over…

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October 2012: Skies over Crestone

by Kim Malville Sky Almanac Before the chill of winter sets in, October is a good month for meteor-watching. There are two meteor showers this month, streaming out of the constellations of Orion and Taurus.  The Taurids come from a very broad stream of comet debris and the shower runs throughout October, November and part […]

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September 2012: Skies Ov…

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September 2012: Skies Over Crestone

by Kim Malville Sky almanac Mars and Saturn appear low in the western skies after sunset. Mars is moving eastward in the constellation of Libra toward Scorpio. Saturn is moving slowly eastward in Virgo. Jupiter rises in the late evening in Taurus. Brilliant Venus rises well before the sun and is about one-third of the […]

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