COME CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS ~ AND FIVE YEARS OF SKY WATCHERS!
Our next meeting on Saturday, December 15th will be a holiday potluck celebration! We meet at 7 PM at the CCCIA Hall. If you can, please bring some food to share, or some wine, beer or other beverage. We had a great time last year at this holiday event. Just in case you still need a few special space-related gifts, we’ll again have a display of our Sky Watchers-created astronomy and space items. We’ll have a brief 45-minute presentation from Leonard David with updates on international space missions, and John Williams with the latest astronomy news. After the presentations, we’ll set up our telescopes and check out some celestial objects, weather permitting.
Check out our Sky Watchers Facebook page that Carolyn Collins Petersen created for us.
New Moon – December 7
Geminids Meteor Shower – December 13, 14
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation – December 15
First Quarter Moon – December 15
Winter Solstice – December 21 – 3:22 PM MST
Mercury near Jupiter – December 21
Full (Cold, Long Nights, Moon Before Yule) Moon – December 22
Ursid Meteor Shower – December 21, 22
Last Quarter Moon – December 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.
Have a new telescope and want to learn to use it? Have a telescope that has a few “issues?” Want to learn a few things to see in the sky? We can help with that. Just fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. This is a volunteer service, so please be patient with us.