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Light Speed Lectures

June 22nd, 2016

Join the Clark Planetarium and the Salt Lake City Public Library for Light Speed Lectures!

This engaging, fast-paced event includes five experts offering 15-minute lectures on the following topics:

  • Bonnie Baxter, PhD: Extremophiles
  • Robert Davies, PhD: Climate Change
  • Twila Schneider: NASA’s Space Launch System
  • Anil Seth, PhD: Astronomy
  • Butch Wilmore, NASA Astronaut


Schedule of Events

  • 6pm: Refreshments
  • 6:15: Lectures begin
  • 7:15: Keynote Lecture by Butch Wilmore
  • 8:00: A Beautiful Planet 3D screening


How it Works

Five lecture stations will be set up in the Clark Planetarium and each audience member will choose a lecture station. After 15 minutes, you’ll move to another lecture station of your choice. There will be enough time to view three of the five lectures.

Following the lectures, join us for a screening of A Beautiful Planet 3D in the Orbital ATK IMAX theatre beginning at 8pm

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; registration required.

This event is in conjunction with The City Library’s Explore Space exhibit, on display at the Glendale Branch, 1375 South Concord Street, from June 18-August 15.

Explore Space: A Cosmic Journey, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Afterschool Alliance. Explore Space is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Clark Planetarium – 110 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Night Vision: Reason for the Seasons

June 12th, 2016

Ah, Salt Lake City–too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, never quite just right. We’re heading into summer now, so the sun is high in the sky, the days are long and bright, and we can all leave behind our sweaters for swimsuits and replace snowballs with water balloons. Quite different from the short, cold days of December with the sun low in the sky, giving us weak sunlight.

But why is that? What’s causing that change?

Continue reading “Night Vision: Reason for the Seasons” »

Night Vision: Exoplanets

June 5th, 2016

Exoplanet rendering by an artist

Exoplanet rendering by an artist

It has been nearly 25 years since we first discovered a planet outside of our solar system. Now we have discovered more than a thousand worlds, with the potential to discover thousands more.  We have discovered several brilliant ways to detect these distant bodies, even have built observatories in space to find them.  We will also investigate the mysterious “Planet Nine” and how our solar system was formed, as well as why this ties to our search for other worlds.

Night Vision: Exoplanets is presented by Johnny Rasmussen on Thursday, June 9th and Saturday, June 11th, 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.