April 29th, 2016
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Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars March 2016

In this month’s Gateway to the Stars, we look back at the historic gravitational wave detection announced in February, we look forward to the March equinox, and we’ll look out at a number of lovely nighttime sights that can be…

Duke Johnson

Night Vision: Chasing the Aurora

In two different years, near peak solar activity, I had the good fortune of being able to travel to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territory and then Tromso, Norway in search of the aurora. Conditions tested our little expedition and our…

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 Planetarium,…

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, physician the news rocked the astronomical community, cialis and upset a lot of kids that really loved that tiny little blue ball. We’ve come a long way…

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…