October 13th, 2015
Waxing Crescent Moon
Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Exoplanets

“For then why may not every one of these Stars or Suns, have as great a retinue, as our Sun, of Planets, with their Moons to wait upon them? Nay, there is manifest reason why they should.”  Christiaan Huygens, Cosmotheoros​ (1698)

Johnny Rasmussen

Night Vision: The Lives of Stars

Ever look up at the sky at night and just get lost in everything? The sheer number of stars we see can be overwhelming.  Where did those stars come from and what are they? Cultures throughout time spent countless nights…

Johnny Rasmussen

Gateway to the Stars October

In this month’s Gateway to the Stars, we will explore what’s coming up in the night sky. We know it will be hard to beat that awesome Total Lunar Eclipse that closed out the month of September, but we’re doing…

Duke Johnson

The Exhibits Program Hits the Road

As we embark on our yearlong exhibits renovation project, there’s some work to be done, and a lot of work involves searching for the things we need to update our exhibits and bring more meaningful space science to you, our…

Nick Jarvis

Gateway to the Stars September 2015: Bad Moon Rising

It is the very error of the moon: She comes more nearer earth than she was wont, And makes men mad. William Shakespeare, Othello (c. 1603) The Moon has fascinated men for ages, but has been enjoying a recent resurgence of interest.…

Johnny Rasmussen

Night Vision: Saturn

Looking southward in the night sky, it can be easy to spot Saturn among the stars.  Ever since we turned our telescopes to the sixth planet, we have fallen in love with this beautiful world.

Nick Jarvis

Night Vision: Eclipses

Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. -Leonardo da Vinci This week’s Night Vision will be dedicated to the dramatic and spectacular phenomena of eclipses! As you may have guessed, the timing of this show is no…

Duke Johnson

Night Vision: Earth’s Moon

Earth’s Moon: Home to a mysterious man. Changer of men into werewolves and bats. Possible source of infinite green cheese. Subject of love songs, love stories, and tragedies. Keeper of time. Catalyst for exploration. For centuries, our Moon has inspired…

Paul Gibbs

Night Vision: Robotic Explorers

Not all exploring is done by human space travelers. NASA and the other space agencies of the world continue to explore our solar system, traveling to exotic planets and moons where no man has gone before, increasing our knowledge and…

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.