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“Night Vision” Dec 11 & 13 – The Geminid Meteor Shower

December 9th, 2014

Join us in the Hansen Dome Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 13, for a special look at the Geminid Meteor Shower! Every year around Dec. 13 – 14 we experience the peak of one of the year’s best meteor showers. Rivaling the August Perseid Meteor Shower, the Geminids get their name for emanating from the constellation of Gemini the Twins, and have been known to produce over 50 meteors an hour during maximum.

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Twinkle, twinkle little… STOP DOING THAT!

December 8th, 2014

Astronomers go to considerable effort building telescopes capable of capturing the drizzle of light from objects billions of light years distant, but during the last few miles of their cosmic journey these precious photons are smeared around by our ever-turbulent atmosphere. The telescope itself may be technically capable of fantastic resolution, but the air above the telescope acts as though someone is constantly smearing Vaseline on the lenses. Twinkling stars may be charming to most folks, but it drives astronomers positively bonkers. Continue reading “Twinkle, twinkle little… STOP DOING THAT!” »

“Gateway to the Stars” Dec. 6 – A Season of Sights!

December 1st, 2014

Nick Jarvis

Nick Jarvis

This month’s edition of “Gateway to the Stars” will be hosted by our very own Nick Jarvis, Presenter Extraordinaire for the Hansen Dome Theatre.  Nick has been an integral part of this show series through his visual production work, and is what I like to call my “Digistar Pilot”!  He controls the 3-Dimensional flights that we take to the planets and deep space, and creates other immersive visualizations. But as you’ll see, Nick is also a knowledgeable and prolific speaker. In Nick’s own words, here’s a preview of what you can expect at the December 6th show:

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