March 31st, 2017
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Night Vision: Glorious Galaxies

What do you really know about your own stellar neighborhood? Most people know what block they live on, what the grocery store a few streets over is called, and whether they live on a third, half, or full acre, but…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars: March 2017

Gateway to the Stars is our monthly exploration of the sights in the nighttime sky, as well as the news and hot topics in the field of astronomy, from the latest findings from the JUNO probe at Jupiter, to other…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Uranus & Neptune

In this week’s Night Vision, we’ll explore our solar system’s outer ice giants: Uranus* and Neptune. While the nearer planets are easy for anyone to find in the sky, these distant and still-mysterious planets were only detected after the invention…

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision: Observing the Sky as an Astronomer

Many people mistakenly believe that they must own a telescope to get started in astronomy. In reality, there are many astronomical phenomena that are observable with a tool you already own: your eyes. These include stars and constellations and how…

Brandon Crowley

Night Vision: Notorious Nebulae

Our galaxy is much more than just a swirling collection of stars. Various atoms and molecules form giant clouds that cover huge swaths of interstellar space. These nebulae come in a variety of beautiful colors and majestic swirling patters, often…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Earth’s Moon

In this week’s Night Vision, we’ll be exploring our near and dear neighbor; our committed partner, with whom we’ve do-se-do-ed our way through the heavens for a couple billion years now. From the its fiery and explosive history in the…

Night Vision: Jupiter

It’s been known since antiquity, by cultures all over the world, as the mightiest of the planets. At a thousand times the mass of Earth, with an entourage of sixty-seven moons, Jupiter is our grandest neighbor–though it took later observation…

Amy Oliver

Night Vision: Reasons for the Seasons

Punxsutawney Phil is a liar (maybe) and whether you think the groundhog lied to you this year or not, the Spring Equinox is coming, and that means two things: it’s time for a reminder about how the seasons work, and…

Robert Bigelow

A New Year’s Eve Planet Conjunction

On New Year’s Eve, the planet Neptune will appear 0.1 degrees north of the planet Mars. While Mars is visible to the unaided eye, you will need binoculars or a telescope to spot Neptune. The best time to observe them…

Amy Oliver

Hands-On Holiday Toy Shop 2016

Hands-on Holiday Toy Shop is back with a Christmas wish that not even Santa can make come true: you can try all the toys before you buy them. That’s right. Hands-on Holiday Toy Shop is back at Clark Planetarium’s Planet…