• Next Meeting

    Our next meeting is SUNDAY, January 20th – From 7 to 9:30 PM at the CCCIA Hall. Come hear about the latest space missions including the New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby of the Kuiper Belt Object called ULTIMA THULE! Carolyn Collins Petersen will give a presentation on what it was like to spend New Year’s Eve and the next few days with the scientists and engineers who made this incredible celestial feat possible! She will share the latest images of Ultima Thule and what the scientists are saying about this object from a region of primordial objects that holds keys to understanding the origins of our solar system!

    Be there also to share the experience of the start of the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE the night of the meeting! Bring warm clothes. We’ll also have a presentation from Leonard David with updates on international space missions – including the exciting Chinese mission that landed a rover on the farside of the Moon on January 3rd. John Williams will also give us the latest astronomy news. During and after the meeting, we’ll have our telescopes set up for watching the first stages of the total lunar eclipse, weather permitting.

    In case you can’t make it to our meeting, at least look out your window! Here are the details:

    Moon enters the “penumbra” stage – 7:36 PM
    Moon enters “umbra” – 8:33 PM
    Total Eclipse begins – 9:41 PM
    Moon deepest in shadow – 10:12 PM
    Total eclipse ends – 10:43 PM
    Moon leaves umbra – 11:51 PM
    Moon leaves the penumbra stage – 12:48 AM

    Check out our Sky Watchers Facebook page that Carolyn Collins Petersen created for us.

  • Upcoming Sky Events

    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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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.