Constellations en Western Slope Skies 10/25/13 <p>Did you know that the Big Dipper is NOT a constellation?&nbsp; It’s actually an asterism - a pattern of stars in the sky, much like a pattern of clouds. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While there are many asterisms that are commonly known, none of them are constellations.&nbsp; Other fall and winter asterisms include the Little Dipper, the Winter Hexagon, and the Great Square of Pegasus.</span></p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:47:49 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 17725 at Western Slope Skies 10/25/13 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