July 25th, 2016
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Night Vision: Space Telescopes

In 1978 Congress approved the budget for the the LST (Large Space Telescope) that would eventually become the Hubble Space Telescope. At that same time a program was proposed as, ”A Strategy for Space Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 1980′s,” forever…

Rob Morris

Night Vision: Archaeoastronomy

What is Archeoastronomy? Honestly, if you started imagining the last Indiana Jones movie, you are in the neighborhood of correct. But unlike that horrible mess, I’m going to show you some pretty cool ways that the people on our planet studied…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars April 2016

This month in Gateway to the Stars, we give a fond farewell to the bright constellations of Winter. As Orion, Gemini, and Taurus begin to drift out of view, we can turn our attention to the emerging Spring and Summer constellations…

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision: Earth’s Moon

The Moon has always fascinated us, from ancient times as the subject of legend, to the Apollo Moon landings of the late 20th century, when it became the subject of mankind’s greatest adventure to date.

Thomas

Night Vision: Pluto

It has been just over half a year since humanity’s first visit to Pluto. In the first few days we sat on edge waiting for the images that would finally show us this mysterious world. Since then, the New Horizons spacecraft has…

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…

Brandon Crowley

Night Vision: Jupiter

Jupiter is the biggest, heaviest, and most successful planet in our solar system. It might not have the prettiest rings or the ability to support life, but it’s got it where it counts: fascinating moons, vivid coloration, and a delightful…

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…