April 29th, 2016
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Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars November 2015: Marvelous Meteors

When you’re stargazing throughout the year, your experience will differ depending on the season. From our place in the Northern Hemisphere, Summer gives us lovely warm nights and a spectacular view along the Milky Way while Winter features some of the brightest…

Amy Oliver

Celebrate International Animation Day with Clark Planetarium

Did you know? Clark Planetarium has our very own team of animators! They make many of the presentations and light shows that play in the Hansen Dome Theatre that you have come to love, like Accidental Astronauts and Led Zeppelin.  But that’s…

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz: Why can’t light escape a Black Hole?

This week’s Cosmic Quiz question comes from James Sylvester, who asks, “If the speed of light is the highest attainable speed, why can’t it escape a black hole?” First, a few words about the speed of light, which is indeed…

Seth Jarvis

Cosmic Quiz – Why is the moon sometimes visible during the day?

This week 6-year-old Kambreigh Schooley asked us why she can sometimes see the moon during the daytime…What a great question! To answer this question you need to first remember that one half of the moon is always illuminated by the…

Digital production changes how we see the universe

Did you know that virtually all of the shows playing in the Hansen Dome Theatre are original in-house productions? Each can take anywhere from 9 to 12 months to produce, and can involve up to a dozen people in their…

Seth Jarvis

Living in the dark – the life of a planetarian

As I understand things, the point of this blog is to provide readers with a glimpse into the individual thought processes, passions and vexations that merge to explain why the planetarium is the way it is. I’m totally OK with…

Richard

The North Star (more than you ever wanted to know)

First of all, the North Star is not the brightest star in the sky–not even close. Its formal name is Polaris and at magnitude +2, it barely makes the top 50 brightest stars in the sky (#48, not including the…