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Jimmy Westlake: The universe below

Six months later, during the late fall, we can gaze out of the bottom of the Milky Way to see what lies beneath our galaxy.

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Celestial News: Catch Orion rising

Orion is one of only two constellations visible from Colorado that contain two first magnitude stars.

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Celestial New: The Triangle, the Ram and the Fly

Nestled between the constellations of Andromeda, Perseus and Pisces is a curious little trio of stellar triangles, visible on crisp November evenings. Each triangle has an interesting history all its own.

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Jimmy Westlake: Sea monster rising

Wedged in between the bright star Fomalhaut to the south and the glittering Pleiades star cluster to the east is the huge, lumbering constellation of Cetus, the Sea Monster.

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Jimmy Westlake: Here comes a super-duper moon

Once a year, the monthly full moon nearly coincides with the moon’s monthly perigee, producing what has become known as a "super moon."

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Jimmy Westlake: Getting acquainted with Aquarius

With the moon out of the way this week, it’s a great time to step outside after nightfall and look for the large but faint constellation of Aquarius, the Water Bearer.

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Jimmy Westlake: Algol — a spooky star for Halloween

The star that marks the eye of Medusa is a most remarkable star named Algol, which means the “Demon Star.”

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Jimmy Westlake: Delightful Delphinus

The autumn sky is dominated by several giant constellations that eat up a lot of territory, but tucked in between these sky-hogs are a few tiny constellations that are a snap to locate precisely because they are so compact.

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Jimmy Westlake: With a Name Like Uranus…

Uranus. There, I said it. Well, giggles or not, I am writing today to inform you that now is the prime time to see Uranus up in the sky.

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Celestial News: With a name like Uranus …

Uranus. There, I said it. The very thought of having to utter the name of the seventh planet in public is enough to strike fear in the heart of even a veteran reporter.

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Jimmy Westlake: Catch Fomalhaut and the Southern Fish

Shining brightly in the southern sky, as darkness falls, is one of autumn’s few bright stars, a blue gem named Fomalhaut (pronounced FOAM-a-low).

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Celestial: October brings celestial wonders

Autumn officially arrived Thursday, and with it, come cool, clear fall evenings, perfect for stargazing. The sun is setting well before 7 p.m. now, so stargazing can commence much earlier than during the summer months.

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Celestial News: Autumnal Equinox arrives Thursday

This year, the season of autumn officially arrives for the northern hemisphere at 7:21 a.m. Thursday, Colorado time. Our season of autumn begins the instant the Sun crosses the equator on its way south.

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Jimmy Westlake: The king and queen of the sky

When I was a knee-high astronomer, one of our favorite constellations was a distinctive pattern of five bright stars that we called “The W.”

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Celestial News: See Aquila the Eagle this week

Stroll outside on any late summer evening, look straight up and three very bright stars will catch your eye. These stars are named Vega, Deneb and Altair, and their familiar pattern is nicknamed the Summer Triangle.

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