Our next meeting is Saturday, February 16th – From 7 to 9:30 PM. Come learn about Protecting the Earth from Asteroids! We’ll have a special presentation by asteroid expert Dr. Clark Chapman who will describe the Chelyabinsk asteroid impact disaster years ago in 2013, the most destructive collision with an interplanetary body in modern human history. It sent nearly 1,500 people to hospital in western Siberia. The half-megaton explosion was caused by a “small”, 20-meter wide (~65 foot) asteroid. Dr. Chapman is also one of the founders of the B612 Foundation whose goal is to protect the Earth from asteroid impacts. We’ll also have presentations from Leonard David with updates on international space missions. John Williams will also give us 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.
Last Quarter Moon – January 27
Moon near Saturn – February 2
New Moon – February 4
First Quarter Moon – February 12
Moon near Aldebaran – February 13
SkyWatchers Meeting – February 16 7pm – CCCIA
Full (Snow, Hunger) Moon – February 19
Moon near Regulus – February 19
Last Quarter Moon – February 26
Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation – February 27
Moon near Jupiter – February 27
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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.