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Jimmy Westlake: Scorpius livens up the summer sky

This celestial scorpion scurries across our southern sky on summer evenings, so this month is prime time for scorpion hunting.

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Celestial News: Are you an Ophiuchan?

If you are an Ophiuchan, please raise your hand. Hmm … I’m not seeing many hands out there. Perhaps you are an Ophiuchan and don’t know it. Please allow me to explain.

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Jimmy Westlake: Stagecoach Star Party will ‘Embrace the Moonlight’

You are invited to join me and other astronomy enthusiasts from around the community for the Stagecoach Star Party at 9 p.m. Saturday June 18 at the Morrison Cove Boat Ramp on the south shore side of Stagecoach State Park.

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Jimmy Westlake: A dark horse in the Milky Way

Once the lingering twilight of late spring fades, you can see the misty star clouds of the Milky Way arching across our summer sky, from the northeast, all the way to the south.

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Jimmy Westlake: Look for spectacular Saturn

There is no bigger celestial “wow” moment than seeing the planet Saturn through a telescope for the first time.

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Jimmy Westlake: Meet the Crow and the Cup

Winging his way across our springtime sky is a delightful little constellation named Corvus, the Crow.

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Jimmy Westlake: Earth-Mars close encounter

Night owls and early risers might have noticed recently a dazzling orange object shining low in the southern sky in the hours near midnight.

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Jimmy Westlake: Hectostar — 100 Little Diamonds

In about an hour, “Hectostar” had written itself. Here it is. Enjoy.

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Jimmy Westlake: See rare transit of Mercury Monday

For seven and a half hours on May 9, Mercury will slowly transit all the way across the face of the sun, although, we in Colorado won’t see the entire event.

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Jimmy Westlake: Spring’s diamond in the sky

The Spring Diamond asterism, also called the Virgin’s Diamond, is marked at its corners by four of the brightest stars sparkling in the spring sky: Arcturus, Spica, Cor Caroli, and Denebola.

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Celestial News: Catch the twilight planet this week

The one naked-eye planet most folks probably have never seen is the planet Mercury. Mercury is not only the closest planet to the sun, but it also became the solar system’s smallest planet after Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006.

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Jimmy Westlake: Viewing the Southern Cross

Though the Southern Cross is the tiniest of our 88 official constellations, its reputation is far larger than its actual size, even though most people living in the Northern Hemisphere have never seen it.

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Jimmy Westlake: Fires of Kilauea

This week, I am on the Big Island of Hawaii with 19 other members of the SKY Club, the student astronomy club at Colorado Mountain College.

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Jimmy Westlake: How Orwandil lost his toe

One of the sure signs that spring has arrived is the return of the Big Dipper to our early evening sky.

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Jimmy Westlake: An early Easter this year

Have you ever wondered why the date of Easter Sunday hops around like a bunny rabbit from year to year?

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