DAS Activities

DAS Public Nights

Public Nights
Tuesday and Thursday at
DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Current start time is 7:30 pm
Costs to the public are:
$4.00 adults, $3.00 children

To book, please click:

Public Night

Astro Calendar

“What’s Out Tonight – November 2017”
Star Chart and Data
(courtesy of Ken Graun © 2017)

Astronomical Things to See and Do – November 2017

(NOTE: to find the MDT for UT, subtract 6 hours from the UT listing)

Planetary Phenomena

Planets in November '17LocationAvg MagnitudeAvg SizeNotes
MercuryEvening sky throughout the month-0.3 5,4"
VenusMorning sky-3.9 10.2"S of crescent Moon on the 17th
MarsIn Virgo1.8 4.0"
JupiterMorning twilight in Virgo; in Libra late in the month.-1.730.8"Conjunction with Venus on the 13th
SaturnLow SW evening sky; sets evening0.6 15.3"
UranusVisible all night in Pisces5.73.7"
NeptuneVisible all night in Aquarius7.92.3"

Moon Phenomena

Moon PhenomenaDateTime (UT)Comment
FullNovember 4th8:38 Beaver Moon
Last QuarterNovember 10th20:36
NewNovember 18th11:42 Lunation 1174
First QuarterNovember 26th17:03

Meteor Showers

S Taurids: November 5th; Peak UT=12h; ZHR=10; Moon at 98% – waning
N Taurids: November 12th; peak UT=11h; ZHR=15 Moon at 32% – waning
Leonids: November 17th; peak UT=17h; ZHR=20: Moon at 1% – waning

American Meteor Society: http://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/


Weekly Comet News: http://www.aerith.net/comet/weekly/current.html

NASA Web page on comets: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/planets/cometpage.html

Notable Objects for Deep Sky Observers

Catalog #DescriptionRight
M81* & 82Galaxies09 55.6+69 04Ursa Major
M97Owl Nebula (PN)11 14.8+55 01Ursa Major
M51Whirlpool Galaxy13 29.9+47 12Canes Venatici
M106Spiral Galaxy12 19.0+47 18Canes Venatici
M13Hercules Globular Cluster16 41.7+36 28Hercules
M4Globular Cluster16 23.6-26 32Scorpius
M8Lagoon Nebula18 03.8-24 23Sagittarius
NGC 6826Blinking Planetary Nebula19 44.8+50 31Cygnus
NGC 5907Edge-on Spiral Galaxy15 15.9+56 20Draco
M6&7Star Clusters17 40.1-34 49Scorpius
M17Swan or Omega Nebula18 03.8-13 58Scorpius
*If multiple, brightest component.

Observing Opportunities

Open House– Saturday, October 28th 6:00 pm – 10 pm at DU’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory

EGK Dark Site – Any night or Dark Sky Weekend, October 20th – 22nd

DAS Volunteer Opportunities