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Night Vision: Mercury Transit

May 3rd, 2016

On the morning of May 9th, Mercury will slide across the face of the sun. The planet will rise in Utah with the event already in progress.

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Night Vision: Mars at Opposition

May 2nd, 2016

On May 22, 2016, a special event occurs in the night time sky: Earth and Mars will be at opposition. During this opposition, Mars and the sun on are direct opposite sides of Earth, bringing Earth and Mars the closest together they will be for the next two years.

Oppositions not only bring great opportunities to observe the red planet in the night sky, they also afford opportunities for exploration.  Join us for Night Vision: Mars At Opposition, as we look how and where to see Mars in the night sky, learn about the amazing discoveries that have been made during Mars oppositions, and more.

Night Vision is hosted on Thursday, May 19th, and Saturday, May 21st, at 6:45pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre. Tickets are available online or at the Clark Planetarium ticketing desk and are just $2, or free if you’re a member.

 


Night Vision: Amateur Astronomy

May 2nd, 2016

What is amateur astronomy?  What can I see in the night sky?  Can I participate without a lot of expensive equipment?  How do I get started?

This presentation will address these questions.  We’ll tour dozens of visible objects outside the solar system – star clusters, nebulae and galaxies – that you can see with small telescopes, binoculars and eyeballs.  Within the solar system, we’ll identify more objects to observe: the sun, moon, planets, and more.  We’ll show you a variety of binoculars and telescopes and note their advantages and disadvantages.  We’ll suggest how to get started, and how to avoid common beginners’ mistakes.

If you want to get started in amateur astronomy, or get more involved – especially if you have a Christmas present telescope in your closet and you’re not sure what to do with it – then you should enjoy this presentation.

Night Vision presents live on Thursday, May 12th and Saturday, May 14th, at 6:45pm in the Hansen Dome Theatre. Tickets are available online or at the Clark Planetarium ticketing desk and are just $2, or free if you’re a member.

This week’s edition of Night Vision is hosted by Clark Planetarium Board Chair, J. Thomas Beckett. Tom is an avid amateur astronomer and has something special in store for visitors to Night Vision in honor of International Astronomy Day, which falls on Saturday, May 14th, 2016.