Black Canyon Astronomical Society http://kvnf.org en 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 - 4/11/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-41114 <p><strong>April’s Total Lunar Eclipse</strong></p><p>Late on the evening of April 14<sup>th</sup> and into the early morning hours of April 15<sup>th</sup>, skygazers throughout the America’s and much of the Pacific region will be treated to a total lunar eclipse. This eclipse will be the first of two for the year. By the time the sun, earth and moon line up it will have been 857 days or 28 months since we last saw our moon completely in the shadow of our planet.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 24383 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 4/11/14 Western Slope Skies - 3/14/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-31414 <p>This is a continuing series on Women in Astronomy.&nbsp; Today, we meet Margaret Burbidge.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 23243 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 3/14/14 Western Slope Skies - 3/3/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-3314 <p>Today we discuss two giant stars that are easily observed right now and relatively close in the sky.&nbsp; Aldebaran is an orange giant star, while Betelgeuse is a red super giant.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 22792 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 3/3/14 Western Slope Skies - 2/14/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-21414 <p>This is a continuing series on Women in Astronomy.&nbsp; Today, we meet Vera Rubin.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:20:41 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 22791 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies - 2/14/14 Western Slope Skies 1/31/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-13114 <p>When you look at the night sky with the naked eye, everything that you see is in our Milky Way Galaxy.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:42:32 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 21642 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies 1/31/14 Western Slope Skies 1/17/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-11714 <p>For this episode of Western Slope Skies from the <a href="http://www.blackcanyonastronomy.com/INDEX.HTM">Black Canyon Astronomical Society,</a> we learn about the planet Jupiter, which can be seen shining bright in the night skies of January.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Black Canyon Astronomical Society 21078 at http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies 1/17/14 Western Slope Skies 1/3/14 http://kvnf.org/post/western-slope-skies-1314 <p>For the latest episode of Western Slope Skies from the <a href="http://www.blackcanyonastronomy.com/INDEX.HTM">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 http://kvnf.org Western Slope Skies 1/3/14