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Welcome to SkyNotes, a
collection of data, photos, links,
technical articles, and
miscellaneous ramblings about
all things astronomical.
MOON PHASES

FULL - July 1

Last Quarter - July 8

NEW - July 15


First Quarter - July 23
The following links are "operator cards" that I have developed.
The intent is to distribute them for reference during our star
watches. How often have you been asked "how far away is
that" and had to scramble on your cell phone planetarium
program? Please feel free to print the card (set up for
two-sided printing) on hard-stock paper (recommended). I will
publish more in future pages so stay tuned!
Here is the link to the FREE
planetarium program Cartes du Ciel:
click here
IN THE NIGHT SKY (June 28- July 4)

Sunday (June 28): The bright waxing Moon
is just to the left of Saturn. Look due
south just after dark. Venus and Jupiter
are a little over 1 degree apart in the west
at dusk.

Monday (June 29): Venus (in Cancer/Leo):
Venus and Jupiter are about 0.6 degree
apart in the west at dusk.

Tuesday (June 30): Venus and Jupiter are
the closest they’re getting during this
apparition, at 0.3 degree apart in the west
at dusk! Jupiter is on top, and both will fit
into the field of view of a small telescope.
A picture opportunity – use your smart phone
or other camera and enter it in the monthly
SCAS picture of the month contest.

Wednesday (July 1): Full Moon at 8:20 p.m.
MDT.

Thursday (July 2): The New Horizons
spacecraft arrives at Pluto to, among many
other projects, take the first detailed
photos ever of Pluto’s surface.

Saturday (July 4): While you’re out
watching fireworks don’t be shy about
showing off your sky knowledge to your
“astronomically challenged” friends and
family!

PLANETS:
Mercury (in Taurus): Visible in the early
sunrise (just north of east). Have a look
(binoculars will help) about 40 minutes
before sunrise to the lower right of Capella
and just below Aldebaran.

Venus (in Leo): This is the week of the
conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the
western sky at dusk! These two planets  will
be 1/3 of a degree apart on June 30th!

Mars (in Gemini): Lost in the glare of
sunrise.

Jupiter (in Leo): This is the week of the
conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the
western sky at dusk! These two planets  will
be 1/3 of a degree apart on June 30th!

Saturn (in Libra): High in the south as
darkness falls.

Uranus (in Pisces): Well up in eastern sky
before dawn.

Neptune (in Aquarius): Well up in the
southeastern sky before dawn.

IRIDIUM FLARES and INTERNATIONAL
SPACE STATION: Sorry - these are too
numerous to list here! If you're serious,
load the the ISS DETECTOR app on your
smart phone or tablet. Alternatively, refer
to Chuck Percival's column in the Sunday
Pueblo Chieftain.

Have fun!
Updated 6/28/2015
- updated "In the Night Sky" (weekly feature)
- updated moon phases
ANYONE BESIDES ME REMEMBER
THOSE EDMUND SCIENTIFIC"
TECHNICAL PAPERS? HERE IS A LINK
TO ONE COURTESY OF JOHN WEBBER.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TO SHARE? IF SO,
PLEASE CONTACT ME AT
dfurry@scaspueblo.com
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