• Next Meeting

    Come to our next meeting – and we’ll Fly You to the Moon!

    Come hear another great presentation by one of our very own local Sky Watchers, Leonard David, about his new National Geographic book – “Moon Rush: The New Space Race”!

    In both his presentation and in the book, Leonard digs into the science and technology Moon exploration — past, present, and future. He explores the Moon in all its facets, from ancient myth to future “Moon Village” plans. How does the United States, allies and competitors, as well as key private corporations like Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, plan to reach, inhabit, and even harvest the Moon in the decades to come?

    The 21st century space race back to the Moon has become more urgent, and more timely than ever. Leonard will detail these new international strategies as well as past efforts, including stories about the Apollo missions and Cold War plans for military surveillance and missile launches from the Moon. Leonard’s presentation will shed new light on our constant lunar companion, offering reasons to gaze up and see it in a different way than ever before.

    And – being released in early May, “Moon Rush: The New Space Race” will be hot off the presses and for sale at Leonard’s author’s price. Cover price is $36, so you can buy it at the meeting for $15! Cash or check is fine, but we hope to be able to take credit cards too. Leonard would be glad to personalize and sign the book for you after his presentation.

    We are so glad to have John Williams also provide us 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.

  • Upcoming Sky Events

    Full (Pink, Blue) Moon – May 18
    Moon near Jupiter – May 20
    Moon near Saturn – May 22
    Last Quarter Moon – May 26

     

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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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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.