Stargazing en Western Slope Skies 1/3/14 <p>For the latest episode of Western Slope Skies from the <a href="">Black Canyon Astronomical Society,</a> we'll learn about the bright stars of winter.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gaze to the east at about 8 PM on a clear January evening and enjoy the bright and colorful stars of winter.&nbsp; A star chart, </span>planisphere<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, or smart-phone App may help you navigate.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:42:10 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 20568 at Western Slope Skies 1/3/14 Western Slope Skies 12/6/13 <p>Look low in southwest as the sky darkens in early December. That brilliant “evening star” is actually not a star, but the planet Venus.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Venus is at its brightest now, in part because it’s relatively close by, only about 35 million miles from Earth. Venus is so very bright that it can cast shadows, and it’s sometimes confused with airplane landing lights, or even reported as a UFO.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:15:00 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 19450 at Western Slope Skies 12/6/13 Western Slope Skies 9/27/13 <p>Early fall nights can be crisp, but it&rsquo;s rewarding to go out after dark on these clear, moonless evenings to see some stars and constellations in our Western Slope skies. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rising in the northeast just after dark, you will find a group of stars that looks like a &ldquo;W&rdquo; on its side.&nbsp; These stars are part of the constellation Cassiopeia, which commemorates a queen in Greek mythology. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:39:07 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 16508 at Western Slope Skies 9/27/13 Western Slope Skies 8/30/13 <p>Just about any clear night provides an invitation to go outside and see what’s up. Some nights, however, might offer a special attraction: a meteor shower; a conjunction between the Moon and a bright star or planet; or even a lunar eclipse. If you are a beginner stargazer you can maximize your sky watching efforts by taking a few simple steps.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:05:49 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 15286 at Western Slope Skies 8/30/13