Western Slope Skies http://kvnf.org en Western Slope Skies - 8/29/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-82914 <p><strong>Neptune</strong></p><p><em>"BORING!" s</em>aid the 5-year-old of the little blue dot appearing through the telescope…</p><p>Perhaps at first glance, but considering that Neptune, the 8<sup>th</sup> planet,&nbsp; is 30 times farther from the Sun than Earth, it’s actually an amazing sight. At approximately 2.8 billion miles away, it cannot be observed with the un-aided eye.&nbsp; Seeing the disk and color requires a moderately sized telescope, and a keen-eyed astronomy buff. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 30692 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 8/29/14 Western Slope Skies - 8/15/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-81514 <p><strong>Planetary Conjunctions</strong></p><p>Late August will be a great time for planet watching, in the morning and the evening. If you are up early on Monday, August 18, you will be rewarded by a spectacular pre-dawn sight.&nbsp; Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 30130 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 8/15/14 Western Slope Skies - 8/1/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-8114 <p><strong>The Tidal Dance of the Earth and the Moon</strong></p><p>We learn in grade school that the Moon, our nearest neighbor in space, causes tides on the Earth’s oceans. It does so through its gravitational attraction to the Earth. But the gravitation interplay between Earth and Moon has other, subtler effects as well.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 29550 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 8/1/14 Western Slope Skies - 7/18/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-71814 <p><strong>The Evening Sky in Late July</strong></p><p>The Sun sets late on these long summer days, and it’s not fully dark until almost 10 PM.&nbsp; And, because of this week’s late-rising moon, the sky remains dark long after twilight, allowing us great views of the Milky Way and the stars of summer.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:52:38 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 28846 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 7/18/14 Western Slope Skies - 7/4/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-7414 <p>Pluto a planet?&nbsp; Not a planet?&nbsp; Beloved Disney Dog?</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:50:44 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 28199 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 7/4/14 Western Slope Skies - 6/20/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-62014 <p><strong>June Solstice</strong></p><p>With the arrival of warmer temperatures, perhaps you’ve been enjoying some outings to the mountains or a float trip on a river.&nbsp; While there is no doubt that summer is in full swing here in western Colorado, it’s not until this coming Saturday that the Universe makes it official.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:43:43 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 27701 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 6/20/14 Western Slope Skies - 6/6/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-6614 <p><strong>Light Pollution</strong></p><p></p><p>Those of us that live on the Western Slope are no stranger to spectacular scenery. The jagged peaks, chiseled canyons, and expansive plateaus of western Colorado are treasures that we all cherish. But one of our most spectacular natural wonders may also be one of our least appreciated: our incredibly dark and pristine night skies. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:08:21 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 26977 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 6/6/14 Western Slope Skies - 5/23/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-52314 <p><strong>Mercury in Evening Twilight</strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Have you ever seen the planet Mercury? When conditions are near optimal, Mercury is easy to see. However, optimal conditions are rare, and many casual observers search for Mercury without success. This is because of the planet’s proximity to the sun.&nbsp; The safe time to view Mercury is after sunset or before sunrise, depending upon the Mercury's orbit. Fri, 23 May 2014 18:51:29 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 26406 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 5/23/14 Western Slope Skies - 5/9/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-5914 <p><strong>Saturn at Opposition</strong></p><p>Last month on the program we learned that only the five superior planets can be at opposition. The fast movement of our planet’s orbit brings us between those five planets and the sun every year. In April, Mars was at opposition. This month, on Saturday, May 10<sup>th</sup>, its Saturn’s turn to shine! Fri, 09 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jeff Reynolds 25652 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 5/9/14 Western Slope Skies - 4/25/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-42514 <p><strong>Navigating the Night Sky</strong></p><p></p><p>The Big Dipper is a great starting point for learning the night sky. Located near the pole of the sky, it never completely sets or dips below the horizon—it’s visible in the night sky year-round from the Western Slope!&nbsp;</p><p>The Big Dipper itself is not a constellation, but it resides in one called Ursa Major, the Great Bear, third largest of the 88 constellations. The name originates from the dipper-shaped pattern formed by the seven main stars in the constellation.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 25025 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 4/25/14