Calendar for Dark Skies Meetings & Events
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- Next Meeting — Monday, August 28, 2017, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: San Isabel Land Protection Trust (located just north of the intersection of Main St. and Third St. on Hwy 69) in the Trust’s conference room. Access is from the lower back of the old Wells Fargo Bank building and enter at the SILPT office (left door facing the back of building).
2017 Events at the Smokey Jack Observatory (SJO)
Sponsored by Dark Skies
2017 Public (free) Star Party Schedule for the SJO —
If cancelled due to weather and if there is a back-up date, it will be indicated. And the schedule is subject to additions, deletions, and corrections as events warrant.
- July 28, Friday, 9:00 p.m. MDT:
Jupiter and Saturn will be in the S at late dusk. Plus there will be a 5-day crescent Moon. As dusk gives way to full darkness, other fainter objects such as galaxies, star clusters, and nebulas will be viewed. Back-up date is Saturday, July 29.
- August 12, Saturday, 8:00 p.m. MDT:
The first in the Speaker Series will take place in the Community Room of Cliff Lanes to hear Dr. Tom Wilson explain all about The Great American Solar Eclipse and how to safely view it, sponsored by ALL THE RANGE and Dark Skies.
- August 12/13, Saturday/Sunday, 10:00 p.m. to the early morning hours,
Perseid Meteor Shower:
The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour and a large number of bright ones. The waning gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors, but the Perseids are so bright and numerous that it should be a good show. Best viewed by lying flat on the ground or in a chaise lounge chair looking N or S with just your eyes. Dress warmly as The Bluff Park can get cold even in the summer months. No back-up date scheduled.
For more, visit: In-The-Sky.org/.
- August 19, Saturday, Pre-Eclipse Open House:
at the SJO from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Come take a look at the observatory building and the equipment in the daytime and get a glimpse of the Sun as seen through a solar filter on the telescope. Dark Skies T-shirts, sweat shirts and hoodies will be available for sale.
- August 21, Monday, Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun:
One of the most beautiful and rare events in all of nature, a total solar eclipse, will occur across the United States. The SJO will be open for safe viewing of this event; however, Westcliffe will only see approximately 90% of the sun covered by the Moon with the maximum at 11:45 a.m. (begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1:15 p.m.) For a map of the path of totality, click here.
NEVER look at any part of an eclipse without proper solar eye protection, available at http://www.eclipse2017.org/ for a very small cost.
- August 25, Friday, 8:30 p.m. MDT:
Jupiter will be low in the SW with Saturn in the S plus there will be a 4-day crescent Moon. As dusk gives way to full darkness, other fainter objects such as galaxies, star clusters, and nebulas will be viewed. Back-up date is Saturday, August 26.
- September 22, Friday, 8:00 p.m. MDT:
Saturn will still be visible in the SW with a 3-day crescent Moon. As dusk gives way to full darkness, other fainter objects such as galaxies, star clusters, and nebulas will be viewed. Back-up date is Saturday, September 23.
To see a more complete listing of astronomical events for 2017 visit: