Our next meeting is SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th – From 7:00 to 9:30 PM. We’re excited about our local Sky Watcher Dr. Bob Grimm and his team recently winning a NASA contract to send their instrument to the Moon! Come hear all about it…MOONSHOT FROM COAL CREEK CANYONCCC resident and geophysicist Dr. Bob Grimm has been selected by NASA to lead a team that will send a new kind of instrument to the surface of the Moon to probe its deep interior. The Lunar Magnetotelluric Sounder (LMS) measures natural low-frequency magnetic and electric fields that have penetrated hundreds of miles or more into the Moon. We’ll also have a shorter presentation from our local Sky Watcher Dewey Anderson about the spacesuits he designed and build for the Mars Society’s analog sites, Mars Desert Research Station and Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station. Leonard David will also provide space mission updates. After the presentations, we’ll set up our telescopes check out Jupiter, Saturn and other celestial objects, weather permitting.Check out our Sky Watchers Facebook page that Carolyn Collins Petersen created for us.
New Moon – August 1
First Quarter Moon – August 7
Moon near Jupiter – August 9
Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation (morning sky) – August 9
Moon near Saturn – August 12
Jupiter near Antares – August 12
Perseid Meteor Shower – August 12, 13
Full (Sturgeon, Green Corn, Blueberry) Moon – August 15
Sky Watchers Meeting 7:30 pm at CCCIA Hall – August 17
Last Quarter Moon – August 23
New Moon – August 30
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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.