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Ready Set Relaunch Party

October 17th, 2016

Ready to “Relaunch” with Clark Planetarium? Join us Saturday, October 22, 2016 for good fun, food and prizes!

We’ll be giving away prizes randomly in every show of the day, so don’t miss out on this awesome experience and chance to take home some fun stuff! We’ll also be giving away door prizes for some of our earliest guests.

And if that’s not enough, you can join in on the Clark Planetarium annual membership drive to get an EXCLUSIVE Clark Planetarium teddy bear that you can’t get anywhere else. Good only for new Family Memberships or above. One teddy bear per membership (not per member). Not valid for previously purchased memberships.


10:00am – 10:30am:

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony with Salt Lake County Mayor, Ben McAdams


  • Doors open to the public

11:00am – 2:00pm:

  • Select free screeningsin the Orbital ATK IMAX Theatre and Hansen Dome Theatre
  • Food trucks on site for your convenience: Monsieur Crepes, Pizza Cone Zone, Feedback Grilled Cheese (open until 2:00pm)
  • Launch your own straw rocket

6:45pm – 8:00pm:

Want to get your FREE SCREENING tickets? Go to our eventbrite page: Ready Set Relaunch

Night Vision: Exoplanets

October 11th, 2016

In August, scientists from the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of a planet orbiting our Sun’s closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri. Although this planet still holds many mysteries, the limited information that we’ve gathered about Proxima b suggests a world that could share much in common with our own. At a distance of “only” 4.2 light years (25 trillion miles), many have suggested that with this discovery we now have a superb target for future extrasolar robotic exploration.

Proxima b is just one of the latest entries in an ever expanding list of strange new worlds. Just a few decades ago, exoplanets (planets outside of our Solar System) were merely subjects of speculation. Now our list of confirmed exoplanets tallies over 3,000 strong, with more discoveries rolling in all the time.

Many of these worlds are under conditions wildly unlike anything we’ve seen in our Sun’s neighborhood. Some orbit blisteringly close to their parent star, or have long eccentric looping orbits that take thousands of years to circuit. Some orbit super-dense pulsars that blast out X-rays, while others are rogue wanderers that orbit no star at all.

In our October 13 and 15 Night Vision presentations, we’ll explore what we know (and don’t yet know) about exoplanets like Proxima b, and the ingenious techniques that astronomers have developed to detect them.

Night Vision: Mars​ is presented by Brandon Crowley on Thursday, October 13th, and Saturday, October 15th, in the Hansen Dome Theater at 6:45pm. Tickets available online​ or at the Clark Planetarium ticket desk. Free for members and $2 for everyone else.

Night Vision: Mars

October 6th, 2016

images (2)Mars has always occupied a special place in our imaginations. Storytellers from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Ridley Scott have woven tales about the exotic red planet, causing us to dream of going there.

From the early days of Giovanni Sciaperelli’s observation of what would erroneously be called “canals” to the current exploration by robotic probes and rovers such as Opportunity and Curiosity, we’ll take a look at the fourth planet from the sun and learn what it was like in the past, and whether we may be able to travel there in the future. We’ll explore evidence of liquid water on the Martian surface, learn why Mars is red, and talk about what it would take to get us there.

Night Vision: Mars​ is presented by Paul Gibbs on Thursday, October 6th, and Saturday, October 8th, in the Hansen Dome Theater at 6:45pm. Tickets available online​ or at the Clark Planetarium ticket desk. Free for members and $2 for everyone else.