Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We had an absolutely clear beautiful night last month, but unfortunately, due to an email glitch, few of you knew about it. Hopefully, we get another clear one this Saturday night from 8:00-10:00 PM. Note we're starting an hour later because of Daylight Savings Time. This is also the time of year where we transition from winter to spring constellations. Orion, Taurus, and Canis Major are progressing farther west every night, while bright stars like Arcturus, Regulus, and Spica are rising in the east. Spica is the "ear of grain" of the Sumerian goddess, Shala and was seen as a sign of planting. In Colorado, it's sometimes hard to tell what season it is by the weather. But the stars are consistent and provided clues to ancient cultures about when it was time to plant and when to sow.
I won't personally be there this Saturday, but you are in the capable hands of Dave Zamzow, Gentrice, and Aubri. And you're in luck! Guest astronomer Mike Smith will be there to answer all of your questions. Dress warmly, and, as always the event is weather permitting.