• Next Meeting

    Don't miss our next meeting on Saturday, September 30th at 7 PM at the CCCIA Hall. We will have a very special speaker, Dr. Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Stern is the leader of NASA’s New Horizons mission that made the first exploration of the Pluto system in July 2015. He will speak about the exploration of Pluto and what we have learned. The New Horizons spacecraft is now on a 5-year extended mission to explore the Kuiper Belt and Alan will tell us all about that too. Come join us for this fascinating presentation from a pioneer in planetary exploration! We will also have updates on space and astronomy missions, and telescope viewing after the talks - weather permitting.
  • Upcoming Skywatching Events

    First Quarter Moon - Feb 3
    Full (Snow) Moon - Feb 10
    Venus at Greatest Brightness - Feb 17
    Last Quarter Moon - Feb 18 - Morning
    Close approach of Moon and Saturn - Feb 20
    Conjunction Moon and Pluto - Feb 22
    Conjunction Moon and Mercury - Feb 25
    Sky Watchers Meeting - Feb 26 - 6:30 pm
    New Moon - Feb 26
    Conjunction Moon and Uranus - Feb 27
    Conjunction Moon and Venus - Feb 28
  • Tonight's Sky

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Artist Spotlight: Wendy Dennie - Total Lunar Eclipse Oct. 2014

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  • Sky Charts

Curious about the night sky?

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. skymap_smallDownload September 2017 Sky Map The star chart itself is generated from desktop software Cartes du Ciel. The sky events are gathered from Starry Night desktop software and other astronomy resources across the web. Satellite events are gathered from the awesome website Heavens-Above.com. All of this information is consolidated and the star chart is created by John Williams, a Solar System Ambassador, science writer, web developer and graphic designer who lives in the canyon. Enjoy! Read More