July 31st, 2015
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Robert Bigelow

Night Vision, July 9: Notorious Nebulae!

The word “notorious” means “famous or wellknown, typically for some bad quality or deed.” If nebulae are not wellknown to you, join us on Thursday, July 9th, and become acquainted with some nebulae that are “wellknown” and “famous” among astronomers.

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision July 2: Jupiter

Carl Sagan called it “a star that failed.” It’s bigger than all of the other planets in our solar system combined.  Big enough that, if it were hollow, Earth would fit inside more than 1,000 times.

Jesse Warner

Night Vision June 18 & 20, 2015: Reasons for the Seasons

Summer is upon us. As the Earth orbits the Sun, we have an opportunity to observe the subtle changes each day brings us. It was some of these observations that helped influence the shape and structure of various ancient societies…

Jordan Smith

Night Vision May 7 & 9: The Search for E.T.

Have you ever wondered about the possibility of alien life? If so, you certainly aren’t alone (at least on Earth). Whether it be from Hollywood’s latest Sci-Fi epic, or an understanding of the sheer scale of the Universe, most of…

Amy Oliver

Celestial Plushies: You Choose & Win!

We’re thinking about adding some of these little guys to the plushies rack at Planet Fun, but we want to know what you think! You can help us out by telling us your three favorite plushies from these photos by…

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision, April 30: Mercury and the End of the MESSENGER Mission

On April 30, NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft will impact the surface of the planet Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. After more than four years of studying this planet from orbit, the…

“Gateway to the Stars” April 4 – The Spring Guidepost

The nights are getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the stars are confirming the change of season. We can tell because the “Spring constellations” are climbing a little higher into the eastern sky each night.

Robert Bigelow

Night Vision, April 2: Uranus and Neptune

Five planets in our solar system are easily visible in the night sky with the unaided eye. Currently, Venus, Mars and Jupiter can be seen in the evening while Saturn is visible in the early morning. Mercury will make an…

“Night Vision” March 19 & 21 – New Horizons: On Pluto’s Doorstep!

The New Horizons spacecraft launched in 2006 and became the fastest spacecraft ever to leave the Earth. After picking up still more energy with a flyby of Jupiter in 2007, the probe topped speeds of over 52,000 miles per hour.…

“Gateway to the Stars” March 7 – Bright Stars & Planets!

The skies of late Winter are abound with brilliant stars that can help us pinpoint other stars and deep sky wonders. These celestial gems serve as guideposts so we can find objects with binoculars and telescopes, or even just the…