August 31st, 2016
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Paul Gibbs

Night Vision: Mars at Opposition

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…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars May 2016

Gateway to the Stars is our recurring, monthly live show in which we point out the best sights in the sky over the course of the year. Of course, this month, we’re excitedly awaiting Mercury’s rare transit across the Sun…

Amy Oliver

Night Vision: Comets

Imagine, if you can, back about 4.6 million years to the beginnings of the universe: a giant, diffuse cloud of dust and gas collapsed, resulting in the formation of our solar system and everything in it. Not a very romantic way to…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Meteor Showers

In this week’s live Night Vision program we’ll look at meteor showers, from their astronomical causes to practical tips on how to look for them and what to expect.​ With the approach of the Lyrid meteor shower later this month, and the Eta Aquarid meteor shower in…

Special Guest

Special Edition Night Vision | Black Holes & Gravitational Waves: LIGO’s New View of the Cosmos

Virtually everything we know about the Universe has been discovered from the study of photons — light in all its myriad forms from radio waves, to visible light, to x-rays and beyond. At the dawn of the 21st century, advanced…

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…