February 6th, 2016
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Robert Bigelow

Night Vision: Observing the Sky as an Astronomer

Many people may have a mistaken assumption that they need to own a telescope to get started in astronomy. In reality, there are many astronomical phenomena that are observable with just the eyes. These include; stars and constellations and how…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars February 2016

One of the central purposes of Gateway to the Stars is to dispense practical advice for those interested in using telescopes and/or binoculars to study the night sky (and sometimes the daytime sky, too). That’s especially important this month because…

Seth Jarvis

Remembering Challenger 30 Years Later

“Seared into our memory.” There are images of tragedy we experience that are so emotionally devastating our memory of them does not fade with the passage of time. January 28, 1986. Thirty years ago. I was in a coffee shop near Hansen…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Human Spaceflight

Imagine the state of the world, and the state of science, in 1640. Galileo Galilei was in his last years, blind, and under house arrest for his view of the solar system, and Isaac Newton had not yet been born. But…

Robert Bigelow

Planet Watcher’s Alert

Each morning from the last part of January to mid-February, all five planets visible to the unaided eye (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) will appear together in the sky before sunrise, weather permitting. The last time this happened was…

Johnny Rasmussen

Night Vision: Dwarf Planets

When Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006, the news rocked the astronomical community, and upset a lot of kids that really loved that tiny little blue ball. We’ve come a long way in the…

Night Vision: Glorious Galaxies

During the first two weeks of January 1610, Galileo pointed a telescope approximately 1.5 inches in diameter up at the night sky and observed, among other things, some of the never-ending number of stars that make up the Milky Way…

Thomas

Night Vision: Saturn

A bright globe surrounded by glittering rings deep in the reaches of the solar system. Inspiring, beautiful, and mysterious, is it any wonder that Saturn is referred to as the “Jewel of the Heavens”? Adorned with these rings that can…

Amy Oliver

Surprise: “The Wall” is back for a special engagement!

At Clark Planetarium, we usually reserve “The Wall” for the ookiest spookiest time of the year. But due to an end of the year computer glitch (don’t worry, it’s not like it’s Y2K or anything), “The Wall” has, in ghostly…

Night Vision: Reason for the Seasons

Ah, Salt Lake City–too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, never quite just right. Here at the end of the year, the days are shorter, the sun is low in the sky and the snow and ice…