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Jimmy Westlake: Saturn and a shower of meteors

This month is perfect for viewing Saturn because the planet passed opposition

Astronomy program

The Colorado Mountain College SKY Club will host a free public astronomy program at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the CMC Library on the third floor of Bristol Hall. Astronomy professor Jimmy Westlake will present a special program titled “Two Eclipses and a Transit, Too!” Learn about the three extraordinary celestial events coming our way in late May and early June. Telescopic observing will follow the indoor event, weather permitting. For more information, call Westlake at 970-870-4537.





This month is perfect for viewing Saturn because the planet passed opposition, its closest point to Earth, on April 15. In this image, taken last April through a 1-meter telescope at McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, Texas, Saturn's icy rings gleam brightly in the sunlight with its entourage of moons in tow: from left, Tethys, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea and gigantic Titan.