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September 2019

Public Star Party

September 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Smokey Jack Observatory, 100 S. Adams Blvd.
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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Celebrate the arrival of our closest galaxy neighbor Andromeda in our night sky. Andromeda is a spiral galaxy that is located a mere 2.5 million light years from Earth. And for some those interested in long term planning, The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are expected to collide in ~4.5 billion years, merging to form a giant elliptical galaxy, or a large disc galaxy.…

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October 2019

Public Star Party

October 5, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Smokey Jack Observatory, 100 S. Adams Blvd.
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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For this final public Star Party of the season we will be celebrating International Observe the Moon Night. International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the Moon together, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have…

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November 2019

Public Viewing Event: Transit of Planet Mercury Across the Sun

November 11, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:34 pm
Smokey Jack Observatory, 100 S. Adams Blvd.
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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THE 2019 TRANSIT OF MERCURY: On Monday morning, November 11, Mercury will pass directly in front the Sun. The rare transit begins at 7:35 a.m. EST and lasts for almost six hours. However, for the Mountain Time Zone, the transit will be in progress at sunrise. Plus for the SJO’s location, the Wet Mountains to its east delay sunrise about 30 minutes. The Sun…

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May 2020

Public Star Party: Spring Constellations Arrive

May 23, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Smokey Jack Observatory, 100 S. Adams Blvd.
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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CANCELLED -- The Water Snake, Crow, Lion, Herdsman, Bears, and Dragon constellations are bright in the sky this month. Immense galaxies located millions and millions of light years apart are numerous in the night sky. It is also a great time to observe a wide variety of star clusters and nebulae, which are giant clouds of gas and dust where new stars are forming.…

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July 2020

Public Star Party: All Hail the Milky Way!

July 17, 2020 @ 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Smokey Jack Observatory, 100 S. Adams Blvd.
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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CANCELLED - The Milky Way and summer constellations are featured this month. The Swan and the Eagle soar through the Milky Way. The Summer Triangle is now straight above us, featuring the Stars Altair, Deneb, and Vega. The Hero, Scorpion, Teapot, and Harp constellations are demanding to be seen, showing themselves big and bright, Jupiter and Saturn will rise late in the night. There…

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August 2020

Public Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Celebrate one of the years biggest, brightest, and most awe-inspiring astronomical events: the Perseid Meteor Shower! The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear to hail lies in the constellation Perseus. The Moon won’t rise until 1 AM, giving us plenty of time to see meteors streak…

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October 2020

Public Star Party: Star Clusters

October 16, 2020 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Smokey Jack Observatory, 100 S. Adams Blvd.
Westcliffe, Colorado 81252
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CANCELLED. Final Star Party of the season! Star clusters are groups of stars which are gravitationally bound. Two distinct types of star cluster can be distinguished: globular clusters are tight groups of hundreds of thousands of very old stars, while open clusters generally contain less than a few hundred members, and are often very young. Both types will be viewable in our night sky.…

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