• Next Meeting

    The next Sky Watchers meeting is Saturday, February 17th – from 7 to 9:30 PM at the CCCIA Hall. Join us for another great presentation by one of our local Sky Watchers and planetary science expert, Dr. Bob Grimm. Bob is a geophysicist with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder and is a 21-year Coal Creek Canyon resident. Bob will give a presentation about Venus. He has done extensive research on the geodynamics of Venus and currently serves as the chair of NASA’s Venus Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG). Although Venus is called “Earth’s twin” because of its similar size, composition, and location in the Solar System, it is an alien world with a poisonous, hot, dense, atmosphere and a surface covered in lava flows, faults, and mountain ranges. Why are Earth and Venus so different? What can we learn from Venus that teaches us about exoplanets? Share your thoughts about the Forgotten Planet! We’ll also have a brief presentation from local Sky Watcher and eclipse expert Dr. Rich Keen who will be returning from experiencing the total lunar eclipse in Hawaii. After the presentations, we’ll set up our telescopes and check out some celestial objects, weather permitting.

    Check out our new Sky Watchers Facebook page that Carolyn Petersen created for us.

  • Upcoming Sky Events

    Super Moon – Full (Wolf) Moon – Jan 1, 2018
    New Moon – Jan 17
    Sky Watchers Meeting – Jan 20 7:00 pm
    First Quarter Moon – Jan 24
    Moon near Aldebaran – Jan 27
    Super Moon – Blue Moon – Full (Snow Moon) – Jan 31
    Total Lunar Eclipse – Jan 31

    February Meeting – Feb 17

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Sky Charts

This star chart is special; designed just for Coal Creek Canyon. We collect night sky events that folks in Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado would see, such as lunar eclipses, solar eclipses, and lunar phases. A section on planets gives readers rise and setting times at around the middle of the month. We also collect information about International Space Station (ISS) passes, Hubble passes, and Iridium flares where sun geometry reflecting off of solar panels results in dazzling brightening of the satellite passing overhead.

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