Our next meeting is on Saturday, April 28th at 7 PM at the CCCIA Hall and features writer and local Sky Watcher Carolyn Collins Petersen. Her talk is called “Building a Space-faring Civilization”, a look at all the cultural, scientific, and educational facets that go into sending machines and people to space. It’s a fascinating topic that connects our love of the stars with humanity’s desire to explore the planets and beyond. Carolyn’s latest book, Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future was just released in the U.S. in April, and we will have copies for sale at the meeting. Cost is $27.00 (cash or credit card) and Carolyn will be happy to autograph copies. We’ll also have astronomy and space updates. After Carolyn’s presentation, we’ll set up our telescopes and check out some celestial objects, weather permitting. Come join us!
Check out our Sky Watchers Facebook page that Carolyn Petersen created for us.
SkyWatchers Meeting – 7pm – CCCIA – April 28
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation (morning sky) – April 29
Full (Pink) Moon – April 30, 2018
Eta Aquarids – May 6,7
Jupiter at Opposition – May 9
New Moon – May 15
Full (Flower) Moon – May 29
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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.