March 29th, 2017
Waxing Crescent Moon
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Night Vision: Glorious Galaxies

What do you really know about your own stellar neighborhood? Most people know what block they live on, what the grocery store a few streets over is called, and whether they live on a third, half, or full acre, but…

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision: Observing the Sky as an Astronomer

Many people mistakenly believe that they must own a telescope to get started in astronomy. In reality, there are many astronomical phenomena that are observable with a tool you already own: your eyes. These include stars and constellations and how…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Earth’s Moon

In this week’s Night Vision, we’ll be exploring our near and dear neighbor; our committed partner, with whom we’ve do-se-do-ed our way through the heavens for a couple billion years now. From the its fiery and explosive history in the…

Night Vision: Jupiter

It’s been known since antiquity, by cultures all over the world, as the mightiest of the planets. At a thousand times the mass of Earth, with an entourage of sixty-seven moons, Jupiter is our grandest neighbor–though it took later observation…

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…

Robert Bigelow

A New Year’s Eve Planet Conjunction

On New Year’s Eve, the planet Neptune will appear 0.1 degrees north of the planet Mars. While Mars is visible to the unaided eye, you will need binoculars or a telescope to spot Neptune. The best time to observe them…

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Space Technology Spinoffs

Dear reader, If you’re viewing this, we probably share many sympathies for astronomy and space flight. I mean, if you’re reading a newsletter for an astronomy museum, I’m probably preaching to the choir to say, “Holy cow, oh-wow-oh-wow-oh-wow human beings in…

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…

Brandon Crowley

Night Vision: Exoplanets

In August, scientists from the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of a planet orbiting our Sun’s closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri. Although this planet still holds many mysteries, the limited information that we’ve gathered about Proxima b suggests a…

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision: Mars

Mars has always occupied a special place in our imaginations. Storytellers from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Ridley Scott have woven tales about the exotic red planet, causing us to dream of going there. From the early days of Giovanni Sciaperelli’s…